TRIANGLE striker Pascal Manhanga is in demand. Mbada Diamonds Cup winners Highlanders and cash-rich FC Platinum are reportedly chasing his signature for the 2014 season.
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Manhanga gave Bosso defence a torrid time when the two teams clashed in the first round of the Mbada Diamonds Cup at Barbourfields Stadium in September.
He also scored the second goal for Triangle in a match Bosso won 3-2.
Manhanga yesterday told Southern Eye Sport that he was still deciding on which team to join.
“I have been approached by Highlanders, but for now I am not sure which team I will join. My contract with Triangle ends on December 31. For now I am just weighing my options. FC Platinum are also after me,” he said.
Manhanga featured in the Warriors international friendly against Mozambique at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday where he came in as a substitute in his debut appearance for the national team.
A source yesterday confirmed that Bosso are after Manhanga and targeting Hwange defender Erick Chipeta, FC Platinum midfielders Joel “Josta” Ngodzo and Welcome Ndiweni.
Highlanders striker Cleopas “Balotelli” Dube, who was loaned to Premier Soccer League debutants Plumtree Chiefs mid-season, is confident of bouncing back to Bosso next season.
He said he has been communicating with the club’s management and he is certain that he will be joining the team anytime soon.
“I was on loan to Chiefs for six months, but I played only nine games because my licence had some complications.
“During that period with Plumtree Chiefs I managed to sharpen where I was lacking and I am now looking forward to a good season with Highlanders next year. It is sad that Bosso lost the championship twice on a similar fashion, so it is clear that the team needs strikers who can score goals,” he said.
Balotelli scored four league goals in nine matches for the Southern Region Division One League winners, four adrift of the team’s top goalscorer George Majika who netted eight goals in the 2013 season.
Plumtree Chiefs secretary-general Dumisani Sibanda said he was not sure of the future of Dube as he is Highlanders property.
“So far we have not yet received anything from Highlanders, but Dube (Cleopas) is their player. He was loaned to us and we cannot bank on him because he does not belong to us.
“They (Highlanders) might take him back for next season because the period we agreed on concerning the player has ended. We were grateful of the contribution he made in the team,” Sibanda said.