Harare City continue spending spree

HARARE City have announced the capture of Kaizer Chiefs defender Lincoln Zvasiya as the Sunshine City Boys continue to strengthen their squad ahead of the 2015 season.

Tawanda Tafirenyika
Sports Correspondent

Zvasiya joins Harare City on a two-year deal. Club secretary Matthew Marara confirmed the signing of the defender.

“We signed him yesterday (Tuesday) on a two-year contract,” he said.

“He is one of the latest additions to our squad and we hope to continue strengthening other departments.”

Harare City, who are now under the guidance of Taurai Mangwiro after he left Caps United last year to join the ambitious club with his lieutenants Mike Madzivanyika and goalkeepers’ coach Richard Tswatswa, have snapped up some of the big names in domestic football.

The Sunshine City Boys have swooped on former Dynamos defender Themba Ndlovu, former Caps United midfielder Tendai Samanja and goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube.

Mangwiro is a long time admirer of Zvasiya having tried to sign him while at Caps United at the beginning of last season only for the deal to collapse after the Harare football giants failed to beat the March 25 Fifa cut-off date for player transfers.

Mangwiro had been hoping to tie down the defender to a contract after his loan deal at Greek Club OFI Crete ended prematurely at the end of 2013.

Zvasiya, one of the best defenders in Zimbabwe will, however, have to work very hard to regain fitness level as he last played competitive football in October 2013 while still in Greece.

Nevertheless, this presents him with an opportunity to relaunch his career which had appeared to be nose-diving.

Harare City were yesterday conducting medicals for players ahead of the start of pre-season training. They are expected to start their training next week.

The Sunshine City Boys had a difficult season last year as they struggled for fluency under the guidance of Bigboy Mawiwi, before the elevation of assistant coach Masimba Dinyero to interim coach towards the end of the campaign.

That proved to be a master stroke as Dinyero managed to rescue the Sunshine City Boys from relegation, having just been beaten to the championship by eventual winners Dynamos on the final day in 2013 in a very close race.

A 1-0 victory over Bulawayo side Chicken Inn on the last day of the league programme helped them survive the chop. They finished on 11th position with 38 points.

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