HIGHLANDERS have completed the signing of Warriors and Chicken Inn defender Felix Chindungwe on a one-year contract, ending head coach Kelvin Kaindu’s headache of a right-back following the axing of Lawson Nkomo and Bruce Tshuma.
The dreadlocked former Chicken Inn centre-back and captain yesterday confirmed that he signed with the Bulawayo giants and said he was happy with the move.
He started training with Highlanders yesterday following his return from the African Nations Championship tournament in South Africa.
“I signed with Highlanders for one year on Monday. I am happy to be joining Highlanders. It has always been my wish to play for a big club,” said Chindungwe who played his top-flight football for relegated Underhill in Beitbridge before moving to Shooting Stars in Harare.
However, Highlanders treasurer Jerry Sibanda yesterday downplayed the deal saying they were still finalising negotiations.
“There is nothing yet. We are still finalising negotiations. We don’t want to jeorpadise our negotiations,” Sibanda said.
Chindungwe might make his debut for Highlanders on Sunday when Bosso take on Harare City in the Bob 90 Super Cup semi-final at Barbourfields Stadium.
The Warriors vice-captain joins other Bosso new acquisitions Valentine Ndaba, Khumbulani Banda, Joel “Josta” Ngodzo, Charles Sibanda, Welcome Ndiweni and goalkeeper Njabulo Nyoni.
Peter “Rio” Moyo and Milton Ncube also signed new deals with Highlanders at the weekend after returning from South Africa with goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya also having extended his stay at the Bulawayo giants.
Bosso are still awaiting communication from Mamelodi Sundowns on the short loan contract of Warriors sensation Kudakwashe Mahachi who will be joining the South African side in June.
Cleopas Dube also returned from loan while Bosso has retained senior players – goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda, Innocent Mapuranga, Bruce Kangwa, Dumisani Ndlovu, Mthulisi Maphosa, Erick Mudzingwa, Hillary Madzivanyika, Gabriel Nyoni, Douglas Sibanda, Knox Mutizwa, Mgcini Sibanda and Ozias Zibande.
Mgcini, an Under-20 Young Warriors striker, can still be squeezed into the five slots for the juniors.
With two slots now remaining in the seniors’ quota and four for the juniors, the two Canadians – goalkeeper Jean-Félix Lemieux (19) and striker Philippe Barriault (20) – who are on attachment from First Mobile Sports Academy, are still training with the club.