HOW MINE head coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube was yesterday in Harare negotiating contracts with unnamed players to include in the Caf Confederation Cup squad with the deadline registration of 30 players due by midnight.
Although it could not be established which players the coach was talking to, sources yesterday said How Mine were still making efforts to get on board Caps United’s Tawanda Nyamandwe, Tendai Samanja and Tapiwa Khumbuyani and Aces Academy goalkeeper Donovan Benard.
“A few additions are being sought. Only a few players who did not impress in the past season with contracts expiring today (yesterday) have been asked to look for teams of their choice.
“What it means is that most of the players are being retained, but the coach is in Harare and is still discussing with some players that the club is targeting,” the source said.
The club’s vice-chairman Alpha Matumbura yesterday confirmed that Ncube was in Harare, still engaged in discussions and the club would not be releasing the list of the players they have submitted to Zifa for fear of jeopardising negotiations.
“Of course the deadline is today (yesterday) and we have already sent in a list of the players that we are registering with Zifa. But there are still a few players that we are targeting and right now the coach is in Harare negotiating for some of the players that we want.
“If we release that list now, we might jeopardise negotiations or run the risk of having our bargaining disadvantaged. We are going to release the list on Thursday (tomorrow),” Matumbura said.
How Mine are likely to retain skipper Herbet Dick, Gilbert Banda, Brighton Dube, Menard Mupera, Warren Dube, Arnold Ndiweni, Nqobile Mpala, Simon Njeleza and Simba Sithole, expected to feature for the Warriors in the Chan finals.
Nyamandwe, Samanja, Kumbuyani and Benard could join former Warriors goalkeeper Ephraim Mazarura and Nonjabulo Dube.
How Mine will face Chuoni FC of Zanzibar in the preliminary round first leg of the Confederation Cup in February before travelling to the island off the coast of Tanzania for the second leg.