Clubs gear for new season

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Most Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams will this week start their pre-season training ahead of the season which is expected to kick off in two months’ time.

The PSL last week confirmed the season will kick off in early March.

Most clubs who spoke to NewsDay Sport said they had lined up friendly matches to add to the pre-season tournaments that had already been lined up by the PSL.

A definite highlight just before the season commences is the NetOne Charity Cup, which for the second year running will act as the season’s opener.

The organisers of the Bob 87 Super Cup have also announced their tournament is on.

Dynamos
The champions will commence preparations to defend their crown today. The Harare giants, who were one of the busiest teams on the transfer market as they beefed up their squad for the Champions League, will welcome their players including new signings in Tinei Chitora, Ocean Mushure, Takesure Chinyama, and Zambians Derrik Kabwe and Arthur Kaseloki at Raylton Sports Club. Washington Arubi, George Chigova, Guthrie Zhokinyi, Milton Makopa, Denver Mukamba, Cuthbert Malajila and Rodreck Mutuma, who were away to Botswana on national duty were expected to join the rest of the team.

Later in the week, DeMbare are also planning a training camp in Nyanga in preparation for the Champions league campaign.

Besides taking part in the Charity Cup and the Bob 87 Super Cup, Dynamos have also been invited to take part in a high-profile four-team tournament in South Africa which has city rivals Caps United, Mamelodi Sundowns and Black Leopards, at the end of this month.

FC Platinum
The mega-rich club, who were equally busy on the transfer market, are camped in Kariba as they prepare for their champions league first match away to Swaziland’s Green Mamba in a month’s time.

The Zvishavane side – eager to make an impression in the continental club football contest – have been busy in the market, scooping former Highlanders duo of captain Gilbert Banda and Louis Matawu.

Reigning Soccer Star of the Year second runner-up Allan Gahadzikwa, veteran Rowan Nenzou from Shabanie Mine and the Gunners trio of Qadr Amini, Ali Sadiki and Mitchell Katsvairo have also joined ship. A friendly match against a top South African club is reportedly to be in the pipeline.

Motor Action
The 2010 league champions are expected to start their training session at their Motor Action Sports Club today.

After failing to make an impression in last year’s champions league, the Mighty Bulls have roped in Charles Mutero, Jonathan Chitereki, Yves Ebabali, Dominic Mukandi, Morris Kadzola and Misheck Mburayi for the Confederations Cup.

Motor Action have also said they want to play a regional team as part of the Africa Safari preparation.

Hwange
Hwange regroup at the Colliery today as they prepare for their maiden Caf Confederations appearance.

Due to their links with Zambia – their coach Tenant Chilumba hails from that country – Chipangano have indicated they would play two friendlies against Zambian opponents Power Dynamos and Red Arrows.

Another friendly match against FC Platinum is also lined up. Hwange who finished fourth on the table will also take part in the Bob 87 Super Cup where they will face defending champions Dynamos in the semi-finals.

Other clubs have also indicated a busy training schedule. 2009 league champions Monomotapa will from today conduct trials for new players at Alex Sports Club as they try to beef up their squad.

Monoz, who survived relegation on the last day of the season said they were in search of a striker and a midfielder.

Caps United, who made huge forays on the transfer market by signing Chris Samakweri, Conrad Whitby and Darryl Nyandoro will begin their preparations at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow.

Highlanders are also expected to start training any time this week.

Chicken Inn, Black Mambas, Shabanie Mine, new boys Quelaton and Buffaloes have already started their pre-season training.