Gunners hold trials

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Castle Lager Premier Soccer League club Gunners will from today hold trials at their Lafarge Stadium as they try to fill the gaps created following a massive player exodus at the club during the player transfer window.

The clubs operations manager Wellington Mpandare told NewsDay Sport that the trials will run for a week. He said the training will be open to players below the age of 23.

We now have our training programme and trials for new players are starting on Monday (today). As has been our policy before, we are inviting players below the age of 23. We are, however, not shutting the door on players above that age.

Those above 23 who would want to come for trials should be seasoned players. After a week I hope we would have spotted the players we want and training will start the following week.

We are looking for good players who can replace those we lost during the transfer window period, said Mpandare.

Chando Kupisa, as they are affectionately known by their supporters, are one of the clubs hard-hit by a player exodus, mainly because of the financial rewards offered by other clubs and the more lucrative prospect of African club football.

Gunners lost virtually the core of the team in first-choice goalkeeper George Chigova who joined city rivals Dynamos while the trio of Young Warriors captain Qadr Amini, Michelle Katsvairo and Ali Sadiki joined FC Platinum.

They, however, managed to hold on to one of their most prized asset, Cliff Sekete.

The Warriors trialist who had a dream season last year and was deservedly voted among the countrys 11 best players was tracked down by Dynamos, FC Platinum and Motor Action who all wanted to register him for African club competitions.

Gunners are under the tutelage of Moses Chunga.