Rio departs

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WARRIORS and Highlanders midfielder Peter “Rio” Moyo has landed a contract with a South African Premier Soccer League side and will wave goodbye to the Castle Lager League in June, dealing a huge blow to Highlanders’ championship challenge.

TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Moyo, who lasted just 26 minutes in their 3-1 victory over Buffaloes at the weekend after picking up an injury, sat out the Warriors’ first training session before he was deemed unfit to play on Sunday after an assessment by team doctor Nick Munyonga.

However, Moyo has been offered a contract with a club in South Africa which he has already signed. He is due to leave for South Africa at the end of June in time for the pre-season preparations.

Earlier this year, Southern Eye reported after the Chan tournament in South Africa that Rio had attracted attention following his impressive display.

After learning that he had been ruled out of the Warriors clash against Tanzania, Moyo took the opportunity to run around sorting out his work permit this week with the assistance of team doctor Munyonga.

While it could not be immediately established which club had signed him, it is understood he is heading to either Mpumalanga Black Aces or Chippa United.

Although both Highlanders chair Peter Dube and his agent Amin Soma-Phiri were not at liberty to disclose finer details, Phiri confirmed the player would be leaving for South Africa in June.

“Moyo is definitely leaving for South Africa at the end of June. I am yet to establish the actual dates and I can’t disclose the team now because I am still to finalise with Highlanders,” said Phiri.

The Highlanders midfielder played a brilliant game at the Chan tournament against Burkina Faso which the Warriors won 1-0. He was named the man-of-the-match after that game having been overlooked in the opening two matches against Morocco and Uganda.

Milton Ncube has also been snapped up by another South African side Ajax Cape Town.

In recent games, Bosso coach Kelvin Kaindu has been trying to plug the gaps with Charles Sibanda fitting in well in Mahachi’s position against Buffaloes while Welcome Ndiweni would be a perfect fit in Rio’s place.

Valentine Ndaba could grab the opportunity to get a first team jersey when Ncube departs.

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