NJABULO “Tshiki” Ncube has completed his return to Highlanders while Triangle and Warriors midfielder Pascal Manhanga was set to be added to the Black and White Army as they beef up for the second half of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL).
Ncube was cleared by FC Platinum yesterday while Manhanga was on his way to the City of Kings as Bosso hurried to beat the midnight mid-term transfer window deadline to register the two players.
Highlanders take on How Mine in the reverse league fixture on Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium after beating the gold miners 2-1 on July 6.
The signing of Ncube and Manhanga is a timely boost for Bosso in the second half of the season before they lock horns with Black Rhinos at Rimuka next week before hosting bogey side Dynamos in Round 19 at BF.
Highlanders chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede said they were making final touches to their registration papers before handing their names to the PSL to add on to Tapiwa Dephistara, Webster Chingodza and King Nadolo who are already in Bosso’s books.
“I have just received the clearance for Njabulo Ncube from FC Platinum and we are just waiting for him so that we can finalise and register him. The stumbling block was the money that he owed FC Platinum, but we now have his clearance. That is also the case with Pascal (Manhanga) who is on his way to Bulawayo with his papers. We are going to register both of them,” Gumede said yesterday morning.
Dephistara is likely to make his debut for Bosso on Sunday after he did not feature in the goalless draw against Bantu Rovers in the last match at BF while Chingodza who is set to solve the right-back headache for Highlanders could also be thrown into the fray against How Mine.
Chingodza, a former Tripple B player has been training with Highlanders for the past two weeks.
But focus on Sunday will be the two leading goal scorers, Highlanders’ Charles Sibanda with 10 goals and How Mine’s Kuda Musharu with eight.
Bosso head coach Kelvin Kaindu has collected eight points from four city derbies beating How Mine and Bantu Rovers and sharing the spoils with Chicken Inn and Methembe Ndlovu’s Tshintsha Guluva.
His counterpart on Sunday, Philani Ncube, who has found the going tough of late, has picked up three points from three Bulawayo derbies, beating Chicken Inn 2-1 and losing to Bantu Rovers 1-3 and to Highlanders 1-2.
It will definitely be a revenge match for How Mine who lost the first league match to Bosso, but the gold miners would want to pick up from where they left when they beat Highlanders 4-3 in a penalty shootout to surge through to the semi-final of the One Wallet Cup at Ascot Stadium in Gweru. How Mine have also made some additions to their squad in mid-season with former Shabanie Mine striker Caleb Masocha and Mandla Sibanda, who has been based in Botswana where he was playing for Ecco City.
In the league, How Mine last won when they beat Buffaloes 2-1 in Mutare and have lost four matches in succession, back-to-back to Black Rhinos, to Triangle and Highlanders punctuated by a goalless draw to FC Platinum.