WARRIORS’ defender Erick Chipeta could be on his way out of Hwange this transfer window period as the highly-rated player has received several offers.
Chipeta was instrumental for Hwange in the fight to remain in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) last season, attacking from the right-back position.
He is one player who has proved his worth in the PSL, being selected into the Castle Lager soccer star 11 finalists and earning a call up from Warriors’ gaffer Ian “Dibango” Gorowa. He is part of the squad to represent the country in the African Nations Championships (Chan) that gets underway in South Africa in eight days.
Speaking to Southern Eye Sport yesterday while in the Warriors camp break, Chipeta said he had received a number of offers locally and chances were that he would be leaving Hwange this year.
Top clubs that have reportedly set their eyes on the most sought after defender who joined Hwange from Northern Region Division One side DStv Rangers, include league champions Dynamos and last year’s runners-up Highlanders.
“Chances are 50-50 that I will leave Hwange this year. I have received a number of offers and I cannot reveal the clubs that are interested in me for now. But I might be coming to Bulawayo. I did not say to which club, I just said I could be coming to Bulawayo. I have received several offers from local clubs,” Chipeta said.
Bulawayo is home to Highlanders, Chicken Inn, How Mine and newly-promoted Plumtree Chiefs.
Already, Chipeta and Highlanders goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya have been on trials with Golden Arrows (South Africa) while Peter “Rio” Moyo had a brief spell with Bidvest Wits (South Africa).
Charles Sibanda, who has since left FC Platinum and is linked to Highlanders, trained with SuperSport last month while Kudakwashe Mahachi, whose loan deal with Chicken Inn expired on December 31, has also been linked to South African sides Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport.
Warriors’ vice-captain Felix Chindungwe has also not renewed his contract at Chicken Inn while Milton Ncube and Masimba Mambare’s contracts at Highlanders have also expired.
Danny “Deco” Phiri has not renewed his contract with Chicken Inn and has been linked with a move to neighbours Highlanders. Chan will definitely present a good opportunity for local players to cross the floor to the lucrative South African league with most players likely to leave as free agents should they impress scouts.