HOW MINE Football Club had by yesterday not finalised their squad for next year’s Caf Confederation Cup as the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League new boys rush to beat today’s continental body deadline for registration of 30 players for the competition.
Club chairman Mlondolozi Nkomo yesterday told Southern Eye Sport they would be releasing their squad for the continental showcase today or tomorrow as they are tying some loose ends.
“We are not in a hurry to release the squad for the Confederation Cup. The deadline is tomorrow (today) and we are still finalising one or two things. The squad is there, but there are still a few loose ends to be tied. We will be releasing the squad either tomorrow (today) or on Thursday,” Nkomo said.
According to Caf: “For the players’ registrations, a complete list of maximum 30 players must be registered or submitted to the Caf secretariat before the 31st December 2013.
“It can be amended, but after January 15 next year, the list becomes final and no new players can be added or replaced. However, national associations which registered less than 30 players earlier in January may be allowed to complete their lists to 30 players after the 1/8th round (between 1st July and 5th August 2013) provided the additional list does not exceed seven new players.”
How Mine, who will be starting their preparations for the Confederation Cup after the New Year holiday on January 6, have been making frantic efforts to grab Caps United’s Tapiwa Kumbuyani, Tawanda Nyamandwe and Tendai Samanja as they seek to bolster their squad before hosting virtually unknown Chuoni FC of Zanzibar in February next year in the preliminary round of the tournament.
They are also eyeing Aces Academy goalkeeper Donovan Benard to add to their experienced contingent of players that have the likes of former Warriors goalkeeper Ephraim Mazarura, captain Herbert Dick and his deputy Gilbert Banda, midfielder Menard Mupera, Nyasha Mukumbi and Warriors fringe striker Simba Sithole.
How Mine could lose left-back Khumbulani Banda and striker Timothy January to Highlanders.