With just a week left before the mid-season transfer window closes, Castle Lager Premiership league leaders Highlanders are hoping to lure back former strikers Mkhokheli Dube and Thabani Moyo into their fold.
Dube (29) returned home after a waiver from his new US Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire this month and recently went for trials with South African Premiership newly promoted outfit Pretoria University where he returned last Saturday.
He awaits communication from AmaTuks, which is also reportedly interested in veteran Bosso midfielder Mthulisi Maphosa and Dynamos goalkeeper Washington Arubi.
Moyo (27), who left his Cypriot Division Two side Chalkanoras Idaliou, has trained with local club Chicken Inn and on Sunday played for the Highlanders’ reserves before the Dynamos clash.
Dube also watched the Highlanders-Dynamos match and sources said coach Kelvin Kaindu has been asking around about the player.
On Monday, the Bosso gaffer said he was assessing four Ugandans who have been training with the club for a week and was also eyeing two local players.
Club chairman Peter Dube also confirmed that the club is looking at signing three players before the closure of the mid-season transfer window period next Tuesday.
The rumour mill also has it that former skipper and central defender Gilbert Banda, who was dropped by FC Platinum after joining the Zvishavane club at the beginning of the season, could be rejoining his former employers for the second half of the season.
Dube was officially signed by Chicago Fire in January this year from New England Revolution, but failed to make any appearances for the side in his brief spell at the club.
He had previously spent three years with New England Revolution, between 2008 and 2011, scoring 14 goals in 72 appearances. Bosso’s neighbours Chicken Inn are after the signature of Hwange defender Tonisani Sibelo and club spokesperson Tavengwa Hara yesterday confirmed the impending deal.
“We are talking to Hwange for Tonisani Sibelo and the negotiations are at an advanced stage. We have acquired midfielder Ntokozo Tshuma from FC Platinum and striker Moodley Njeleza from Bantu Rovers. Those are two done deals,” Hara said.
Efforts to get comment on the Sibelo deal from Hwange spokesperson Burzil Dube were fruitless as his mobile phone went unanswered.
Chicken Inn, who have also mounted a serious challenge for the 2012 Castle Lager Premiership championship, swapped Hardlife Mavundi for Tshuma.
Sources at the fast-foods outlet team said the club will be de-registering two players during the window period.
Relegation-fighting Quelaton, who enlisted the services of coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube to turn the fortunes of the club around, yesterday revealed that they will be registering five new yet-to-be-identified players before Tuesday.
“Releasing the names of the players at the moment could actually jeopardise our deals, but we will definitely be registering five players and deregistering another five before the window closes,” said club secretary Tinashe Matiyenga.
In Zvishavane, Shabanie Mine will keep leading scorer Nelson Mazivisa for the second half of the season despite interest from Dynamos.
Mazivisa, with 13 goals in 15 matches, is on loan from Platinum and Tendai Chikuni’s side has an agreement with Shabanie that the striker will spend a year at Maglas.
Dynamos were also informed last week that Mazivisa and Allen Gahadzikwa will not be joining them.