PREMIERSHIP football side Buffaloes head coach Moses Chunga has been hit by an embargo after being ordered to register only three civilian players for the 2015 season as the financial crisis continues to bite the army side.
BY KENNETH NYANGANI
Due to financial challenges the soldiers failed to pay their players signing-own fees and allowances last season.
To avert the situation they employed some of the players at the Zimbabwe National Army so that they at least get monthly salaries. Now, over 10 players who are not employed in the army are fighting for the three slots.
In an interview with NewsDay Sport after their one-all stalemate against Harare City over the weekend at the dilapidated Sakubva Stadium, Chunga said his 2015 plans has been thrown into disarray.
“I am disappointed because yesterday (Saturday) I was given a directive by the executive that I can only register three civilian players. I was almost done with the preparations, now I have to start again. We are going back to square one.
“There is no time and I don’t know how we are going to do it. There are players who were at Dongo Sawmills that we had to look at,” he said.
Some of the players who are not employed in the army, but training with Buffaloes and probably in Chunga’s plans are former Mutare City Rovers captain Hebron Makukutu, right-back Tapiwa Chamboko, defender Alvin Phiri, striker Tafadzwa Mukahlera and midfielder Derby Duri.
Buffaloes will start their 2015 campaign with a date against Dynamos in Harare and they will be hoping for a positive start.
Under the tutelage of Luke Masomere last season, Buffaloes defeated the league champions 1-0 in the capital.