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Diya linked to Black Aces


ANOTHER Highlanders player goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya could be hitting the road to join South African side Mpumalanga Black Aces in the next few weeks.




Diya might become the fourth Highlanders player to leave the title-chasing Bulawayo giants this month as injured Kuda Mahachi, who could have played his last match when he scored against Harare City at Barbourfields Stadium two weeks ago and awaits recovery before he joins Mamelodi Sundowns.

Mahachi missed the Highlanders-Buffaloes league match and the Warriors Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Tanzania on Sunday due to injury.

Sources say AmaZayoni, who conceded 33 goals in the past season against 34 goals scored, were talking to Diya’s representatives.
However, Diya yesterday said he was not aware and he had no manager running his affairs.

“I just hear it everywhere I go but to be honest I don’t know anything. I have not been contacted by anyone regarding Mpumalanga. It is actually news to me,” Diya said yesterday after Bosso’s training session as they prepared for their next league match against inconsistent FC Platinum at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

Diya went for trials with Ajax Cape Town in December last year.

Midfielder Peter “Rio” Moyo will be heading to Mpumalanga while Milton Ncube is on his way to Ajax Cape Town, a club that he signed a two-year contract with in January at the African Nations Championships (Chan) tournament, which was hosted by South Africa.

Black Aces last week confirmed signing Moyo on a long-term contract and his handler Amin Soma-Phiri confirmed the player’s departure.

Highlanders chairman Peter Dube confirmed that Mahachi, Ncube and Moyo would be leaving at the end of the month with most clubs in South Africa having set June 23 as the start of the 2014 to 2015 season preparations.

“Concerning Diya, we have not heard anything, but the other three will be going to South Africa at the month end. I am not sure of the actual dates. Some of these things I might not be aware of and in the future these cases will be handled by the CEO (chief executive officer) Ndumiso Gumede. He will be the right person to talk to,” Dube said.

One of Zimbabwe’s most decorated football administrators, Gumede, started as Highlanders CEO on Monday.

Bosso have been of late been using Ariel Sibanda as first choice goalkeeper.

The four, however, could have their last local action in Week 12 when Bosso travel to meet defending champions Dynamos at the National Sports Stadium.

But Bosso’s massive player acquisition early in the year, could come in handy with the departure of star players. Mahachi is likely to be replaced by Charles Sibanda, Ncube by Valentine Ndaba and Moyo by Welcome Ndiweni.

Bosso also have Joel “Josta” Ngodzo although the midfielder has struggled to make it into the first team.

They acquired former Chicken Inn goalkeeper Njabulo “Popo” Nyoni in pre-season.

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