FC Platinum made the biggest capture last night when they registered Motor Action’s Allen Gahadzikwa for the 2012 Caf Champions League while offloading striker Norman Maroto and veteran midfielder Mernard Mupera.
Maroto — not a big surprise after a disappointing season — and Mupera, join former Motor Action midfielder Bheki Ncube, Brighton Dube, Ray Sibanda, Itai Gwandu, Mthulisi Maphosa, Aleck Marime, Simon Njeleza, goalkeeper Nengomasha Muranganwa and William Manondo on the sidelines.
In comes the Gunners trio of Ali Sadiki, Qadr Amini and Michelle Katsvairo, the Masvingo trio of goalkeeper Francis Tizayi, Hardlife Mavundi and Welcome Ndiweni, the Highlanders duo of Gilbert Banda and Louis Matawu and Shabanie Mine’s Rowen Nenzou and Simon Shoko.
They have one international in their books — Frank Mlambo from Likalamba Leopards in Zambia — despite having had four players from Malawi on trial in the off-season.
Club secretary Philemon Muvengwa, who arrived at Zifa offices just after 4pm yesterday, said: “It’s up to the coach to add four more players in the line-up. Right now we are not looking into getting in the mini-league, but we want to have a balanced team.”
On excluded players, he said: “No comment.”
Dynamos, the other participants in the Champions League were still sweating on the international transfer clearances of their Zambian players — Derrick Kabwe and Arthur Kaseloki from Zesco United — as by 4pm they had registered just 19 players.
Last night, team secretary Nyika Chifamba and team manager Richard Chihoro were still busy trying to work out a plan to pay for the Zambians before they could receive clearances.
The list includes Murape Murape who had initially indicated he was retiring after winning a league and cup double.
Takesure Chinyama — formerly of Hwange and Monomotapa in Zimbabwe and Legia Warsaw in Poland — also needs a reverse clearance, which Dynamos said was available.
Veteran Desmond Maringwa is not on the initial 19-man list, although that could have changed by the time of going to print.
Dynamos: George Chigova, Washington Arubi, Devon Chafa, Tawanda Muparati, Denver Mukamba, Martin Vengesayi, Augustine Mbara, Rodreck Mutuma, George Magariro, David Kutyauripo, Gift Bello, Cuthbert Malajila, Phillip Nhete, Leo Kurauzvione, Guthrie Zhokinyi, Partson Jaure, Thomas Magorimbo, Tichaona Mabvura, Ocean Mushure, Tinei Chitora, Derrick Kabwe, Arthur Kaseloki, Takesure Chinyama
FC Platinum — Tafadzwa Dube, Tsungi Mudzamiri, Francis Tizayi, Khumbulani Banda, Zephaniah Ngodzo, Daniel Vheremu, Norman Togara, Frank Mlambo (Likalamba Leopards, Zambia), Thandazani Ndlovu, Benjamin Marere, Thabani Kamusoko, Joel Ngodzo, Charles Sibanda, Ntokozo Tshuma, Welcome Ndiweni, Hardlife Mawundi, Allan Gahadzikwa, Ali Sadiki, Simon Shoko, Rowen Nenzou, Michelle Katsvairo, Gilbert Banda, Qadr Amini, Louis Matawu, Donald Ngoma, Kabby Kamhapa
Out: Brighton Dube, Mernard Mupera, Bheki Ncube, Ray Sibanda, Itai Gwandu, Mthulisi Maphosa, Aleck Marime, Simon Njeleza, Norman Maroto, Nengomasha Muranganwa, William Manondo
Hwange: Timothy Sibanda, Andrew Chuma, Blessing Sande, David Boriwondo, Try Fortune Ncube, Nkosana Siwela, Fransisco Zvikumbaire, Petros Mhari, Aaron Katebe, Sikotilo Lombe, Gilbert Zulu, Winston Mhango, Tongai Mamina, Rodwell Chinyengetere, Ocean Mpofu, Tonisani Sibelo, Munya Mungadze, Obert Moyo, Malvin Longwe, Oscar Lungu, Simbarashe Manwele,
Motor Action — Were still in meetings last night over the squad with chief protocol Simeon Jamanda saying they had until midnight to register players.