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Rio not returning to Highlanders

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PETER “Rio” Moyo will not be returning to his former team Highlanders after he was released by his South African club Mpumalanga Black Aces.

SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

The player’s handler Amini Soma-Phiri said he was expecting Moyo in Zimbabwe next week. He said the player will, however, not be rejoining Highlanders, but will be available to any team that wants to sign him.

“We are expecting him to come next week from South Africa. He is available to any club which will be interested in him, but definitely he will not be rejoining Highlanders. He is, however, still recovering from an injury he sustained while training with Mpumalanga Black Aces,” Phiri said.

With just nine matches left before the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League comes to an end, chances of him joining any local club are almost next to nothing.

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder was one of the heroes of the Orange African Nations Championships tournament and displayed a brilliant show against Burkina Faso which the Warriors won 1-0.

He was named man-of-the-match after that game having been overlooked in the opening two matches against Morocco and Uganda.

The Warriors reached the semi- finals of that tournament for the first time and Moyo was one of the stars who attracted attention from South African clubs with Mpumalanga Black Aces immediately signing him on.

However, the club later decided to release him arguing he was not in the coach’s plans as they had too many midfielders.

Aces co-chairman Mario Morfou was quoted saying: “Yes, it’s true that we have released Moyo. He was not in the coach’s plans. We have too many midfielders in the team, so we decided to release him.”

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