HIGHLANDERS could be settling for little known strikers Zambian Jerry Simfukwe and Habbas Jim of Burundi to beef up the team’s attack after the two featured in the 2-0 loss to FC Platinum in a friendly match at Mandava Stadium.
Head coach Kelvin Kaindu yesterday said the technical team would be meeting with the executive committee today to review progress so far and the signing of the two strikers.
Simfukwe arrived at Highlanders last week on Monday while Jim has been with the team for the past three weeks.
Kaindu said Simfukwe was an academic and his football career had been affected by school. He was attending college in South Africa before coming to Highlanders.
He said both players had been recommended by people who had seen a striker crisis at Highlanders and the two had impressed him.
“Jerry is a Zambian player, but he has not played for any top club because of school commitments. He has been in South Africa at school and while there he played with Peter ‘Rio’ Moyo, when he was in South Africa,” said Kaindu.
“Highlanders is a community team and some people recommended him to us. He arrived last Monday and started training on Tuesday. Jim is a product of an academy in Burundi. Honestly, they are good. They have good height, but we are yet to make a decision.
“I know Highlanders is composed mostly of midfielders and we need someone who can do the work up front. We are meeting with the executive tomorrow (today) and by Tuesday (tomorrow) we should know where we are. We might get one of them, both or maybe none,” Kaindu said.
Bosso has some of the top players in the Premier Soccer League who include Kuda Mahachi, Charles Sibanda, Rahman Kutsanzira, Valentine Ndaba, Welcome Ndiweni, Milton Ncube, Moyo and Joel Ngodzo who play in midfield.
Bosso already had Mthulisi Maphosa, Simon Munawa, Hillary Madzivanyika, Douglas Sibanda and Erick Mudzingwa, who has been moved to right-back.
All these are midfielders, but Kaindu said: “Yesterday (Saturday) we gave a chance to the new players with intention of finding cohesion, but we are still struggling to find it and time is running out. We are yet to come up with a proper combination.
“I know we have quite a number of midfielders, but in modern football every player must be able to play in any position. It will take a bit of time, but we are running out of time with the league about to start.”
Bosso also have Cleopas “Balotelli” Dube who was last year loaned to Bulawayo Chiefs (now Plumtree Chiefs), Ozias Zibande and Mgcini Sibanda.
Last week, Bosso lost 0-2 to Dynamos in the Bob 90 Super Cup final and Kaindu said despite some mistakes that led to the defeat, the problem lay with the attack.