Masitara retraces Botswana footsteps


THE struggling Master Masitara has become the third player to leave Highlanders Football Club after midfielder Masimba Mambare and forceful striker Njabulo “Tshiki” Ncube who joined Dynamos and FC Platinum respectively.

Ronald Moyo
Sports Reporter

Masitara has reportedly joined Botswana be Mobile League outfits Botswana Defence Forces XI
Highlanders chairman Peter Dube said the contract that Masitara had signed with the club allows him to move to any club.

“He has got all our blessing. We wish him all the best where ever he is going and in whatever he will be doing. I am not very sure about the exact date of his contract expiration with the club, but it might have expired,” Dube said.

Masitara was acquired together with Tinashe Chipunza during the mid-season transfer window
period from Botswana to ease Highlanders goalscoring woes, but they flopped.

Paving way for Masitara and Chipunza, Kaindu offloaded Graham Ncube who later on finished the season with Zifa Southern region Division One outfits Bantu Rovers while Cleopas Dube was loaned to Premier Soccer League debutants Plumtree Chiefs who were the playing in the Division One.

The two failed to amass goals for Bosso before being shown the door.

In his four appearances for the Bulawayo giants, Masitara scored only one goal for Bosso at Rufaro Stadium in November 3 against relegated side Motor Action in a PSL match which ended 1-1.

He also featured in the 0-1 loss to Black Mambas at Morris Depot on August 14, played only 15 minutes replacing Masimba Mambare in the 0-1 defeat to How Mine at Barbourfields Stadium (BF) on September 15 and in the 1-0 win over Triangle at BF on November 13.

The departure of Masitara who had been finding the going tough during his six months’ stay at Bosso opened doors for new signings in the club.

Bosso who received $100 000 from their sponsors BancABC are still hoping for the signatures of midfielders Peter “Rio” Moyo and Milton Ncube who are in South Africa for the African Nations Championships with goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya reported to have agreed on a three-year deal with the club.

Highlanders has so far retained most of the senior players like midfielder Mthulisi Maphosa who signed a two-year deal.

Vice-captain Erick Mudzingwa is one of the players who have put pen to paper with Bosso.

The signing of Joel Ngodzo from the Zvishavane-based FC Platinum has been delayed as the player is yet to meet club officials tomorrow for final negotiations.