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HARARE City have announced the capture of Kaizer Chiefs defender Lincoln Zvasiya as the Sunshine City Boys continue to strengthen their squad ahead of the 2015 Premier Soccer League season.

Tawanda Tafirenyika
Sports Correspondent

Zvasiya joins Harare City on a two-year deal. Club secretary Mathew Marara confirmed the signing of the defender.

“We signed him yesterday (Tuesday). He signed a two-year contract. He is one of the latest additions to our squad and we hope to continue strengthening other departments,” said Marara.

Harare City, who are now under the guidance of Taurai Mangwiro after he left Caps United last year to join the ambitious club with his lieutenants Mike Madzivanyika and goalkeepers’ coach Richard Tswatswa, have also snapped up some of the big names in domestic football.

The Sunshine City Boys have swooped on former Dynamos defender Themba Ndlovu and former Caps United midfielder Tendai Samanja and goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube.

Mangwiro is a long-time admirer of Zvasiya having tried to sign him while at Caps United at the beginning of last season only for the deal to collapse after the Harare football giants failed to beat the March 25 Fifa cut-off date for player transfers.

Mangwiro had been hoping to tie down the defender to a contract after his loan deal at Greek club OFI Crete ended prematurely at the end of 2013.

Zvasiya — one of the best defenders Zimbabwe has produced — will, however, have to work very hard to regain his fitness levels as he last played competitive football in October 2013 while still in Greece. Nevertheless, this presents him with an opportunity to relaunch his football career which had appeared to be plunging into a nosedive.

Harare City were yesterday conducting medicals for their players ahead of the start of their pre-season training. They are expected to start their pre-season training next week.

The Sunshine City Boys had a difficult season last year as they struggled for fluency under the guidance of Bigboy Mawiwi before the firing of Mawiwi and elevation of assistant coach Masimba Dinyero to interim coach towards the end of the campaign.

That proved to be a master stroke as Dinyero managed to rescue the Sunshine City Boys from relegation having just been beaten to the championship by eventual winners Dynamos on the final day in 2013 in a very close race

A 1-0 victory over Bulawayo side Chicken Inn on that last day of the 2014 league programme helped them survive the chop. They finished in 11th position with 38 points.

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