Dick eyes How Mine

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HARD-TACKLING former Chicken Inn central defender Herbert Dick has joined a group of Premiership players that are training with top-flight football debutants How Mine before the Zifa transfer window closes next month.

REPORT BY FORTUNE MBELE

Dick (34) said he felt he still had the steam to carry on and still had possibly four more playing years.

The former Polish side Legia Warsaw defender’s contract with Chicken Inn expired on December 31 last year and was not renewed.

“I want to continue playing until I am 38. I am training with How Mine, but I have just been training to keep fit. I cannot say that there is anything concrete going on. It’s just training,” Dick said.

Newly-appointed How Mine head coach Philani Mabhena yesterday confirmed that the veteran defender had trained with the gold miners at Northlea High School and that he had held discussions with the player.

“He trained with us for one day and I have held discussions with him. We will probably be announcing our final squad next week on Monday at a Press conference. I will confirm that once I have met with the executive. What we want to do is actually blend experienced players with the boys who got the team into the Premiership. There are quality players in the team that got the team into the Premiership and we cannot leave them out,” Mabhena said.

Dick started his career in top-flight with the now defunct AmaZulu in 2003 and was part of the championship winning squad in that year.

He played for Usuthu for three years before joining Monomotapa in 2006 and then Legia Warsaw in the same year where he played alongside fellow countrymen Takesure Chinyama and Dickson Choto.

Dick returned home the following year and played for the country’s biggest clubs Dynamos in 2007 and Highlanders in 2008 before joining Bantu Rovers in 2009, and then moving to Chicken Inn.

He was part of the Warriors 2006 Africa Cup of Nations squad.

Some of the players that are training with How Mine are Ocean Mpofu, Timothy January, Eddy Nkulungo, Brighton Dube, Simon Njeleza and Brighton Choto.

Meanwhile, two pre-season Premiership friendly matches have been lined up for Matabeleland South as Highlanders take on Division one side Gwanda Ramblers at Pelandaba Stadium in Gwanda, while Tripple B host Chicken Inn at Dulibadzimu Stadium in Beitbridge tomorrow.

Bekithemba “Super” Ndlovu will be in charge of Bosso in Gwanda. Head coach Kelvin Kaindu is away in his home country Zambia where he is reportedly sorting out some paper work.

“We are going to Gwanda on Saturday (tomorrow). It will be one of our pre-season friendly matches. In the absence of the head coach in the technical team, the hierarchy tells you who will be in charge,” club secretary Andrew Tapela said.

Bosso has played two matches so far, losing 2-0 to Super Diski outfit Mamelodi Sundowns and 2-1 to perennial rivals Dynamos in the Bob 89 Super Cup first leg at Barbourfields Stadium and their biggest undoing has been lack of goal-getters upfront.

Bosso is likely to be trying out a combination of returning strikers Njabulo Ncube and Thabani Moyo with the inclusion of Botswana be Mobile League returnee, attacking midfielder Hillary Madzivanyika, as the Bulawayo football giants seek to bolster their strike force.

Gwanda Ramblers secretary Bekezela Maduma Fuzwayo confirmed the match.

“We are using this game to finalise our squad that we will register for the 2013 season. We want to test the strength of our team and obviously there is also an element of fundraising for our club. After the match, there will be a fundraising dinner at Gwanda Hotel where Gwanda Ramblers will be officially launched,” Fuzwayo said.

Chicken Inn have in camp new players in the form of former FC Platinum defensive linkman Cabby Kamhapa and defender Zephania Ngodzo and the two playmakers — former Hardbody stars Brian Juru and Richard Jongwe.

Club secretary Tavengwa Hara confirmed the trip to the border town.

Tripple B head coach Friday “Amayenge” Phiri said he has a couple of players that he is assessing before coming up with his final squad.

The Beitbridge-based outfit held Dynamos to a goalless draw at Mucheke Stadium just before the Premiership champions went on to play another 0-0 draw with Sundowns in Harare.

“Our preparations are going on smoothly and we are expecting to stay in the Premiership,” Phiri said.

Phiri is assessing former Hwange and Zimbabwe Saints’ John Kapenya, ex-Caps United’s Eddie Chafungamoyo, Buffaloes’ Tapuwa Mafunga and two of Central Division One side Border Strikers players Philip Makanje and Maxwell Mavuto.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Dick wapera mhani. Why not try something else like car washing by a street corner than try and sink a floating ship.

  2. I bet my last dollar this white man is going go Scotfre. Why shroud the case in secret. All blacks who commit similar murder, though less brutal are treated like dogs. This pale devil sludges four bullets into a familiar friend, and Zuma and his whites only justice system are busy trying to get this psycopathy go with honour. Shame. Manyazi chaiwo.

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