SOUTHERN and Central Region teams say they will announce their final 2015 squads tomorrow, 24 hours before the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League registration deadline.
Clubs are required to register 25 senior players and five junior players who are part of their developmental sides.
Chicken Inn assistant coach Prince Matore said they were finalising the list of players who will represent them this year.
“The squad is almost ready and by Thursday (tomorrow) we should have finalised it,” he said.
“We have 26 senior players so we need to drop one. We already have five youngsters who are working very hard.”
The GameCocks promoted Amos Ncube, Thulani Nxusani, Musa Phiri, Tambudzai Ngulube and Brighton Manhire while Wandile Ndlovu joins Elvis Chipezeze and Pride Zendera as Chicken Inn goalkeepers.
Newly-promoted side Whawha’s technical advisor Lloyd Mutasa said: “Our final squad should be ready probably by Thursday (tomorrow). That is when we will know who is staying or leaving.”
How Mine have been one of the busiest teams in the transfer window period.
The Metallon gold-sponsored side brought in former Dynamos midfielders Devon Chafa and Tawanda Muparati, Tapuwa Kumbuyani from Caps United, 2014 soccer star of the year runner-up Limited Chikafa from ZPC Kariba and Benjamin Marere from FC Platinum.
The mining team captured the signature of former Highlanders goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya and attacking midfielder Charles Sibanda, Moses Gutu from Buffaloes and Nefitara Ndale from Masvingo United.
Head coach Luke Masomere said he was happy with his squad, adding their new acquisition former Highlanders striker Mgcini Sibanda had great potential.
“I have 24 players on my list, but there is one slot left,” he said.
“I am still looking at Fungai Chirinda and Louis Matawu — they are injured and recuperating. I am looking at whoever might recover, but I might leave the slot vacant.
“I have young players who look capable of playing in the top-flight league.
I am assessing juniors now and I am happy that Mgcini Sibanda is now a How Mine player. He has great potential if he concentrates and works hard. He might move to Europe and play at the highest level of football if he works very hard.”
Tsholotsho FC coach Lizwe Sweswe said everything was going according to plan.
“Everything is going on well. We still have the same squad that won us promotion,” he said.
Hwange will announce their squad today.
“Our 2015 final squad should be ready by tomorrow (today),” he said.
“We are preparing for the season well although the major problem is we have not found any team to play a pre-season friendly with. Most of the teams are saying they have tight programmes.”
Hwange lost Oscar Lungu and Richard Jongwe while former soccer star of the year finalist Nkosana Siwela, who was eyeing a move to the Lowveld, eventually decided to stay put.
Aleck Marime reported for training late due to personal reasons while the Matabeleland North side promoted Gift Mbweti, an attacking midfielder and Innocent Mucheneka, a holding midfielder.
Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino said they would release their squad tomorrow.
“Our squad will be ready by Thursday (tomorrow),” he said.
“I am definitely happy with our preparations for the 2015 season everything is going according to plan.”
Chapungu have captured former Shabanie Mine defender Smart Muchabaiwa, Marvelous Dikinya (Shabanie Mine), Hillary Mugoniwa (Monomotapa), Moenda Muchingani (Chrome Stars), Tongai Magwendere (Caps United), Tendai Mukambi (Chicken Inn), Nhlanhla Ncube (Black Mambas) and goalkeeper Talbert Shumba from FC Platinum.
Caf Confederation Cup representatives FC Platinum have not been busy on the market.
They signed Wellington Kamudyariwa, Brian Muzondiwa and Emmanuel Mandiranga beefing up their squad in preparation for the African safari preliminary round first leg tie against Kenyan Sofapaka at Nyayo National Sports Stadium in Nairobi on Sunday.
The Zvishavane side is negotiating with Bantu Rovers for the services of midfielder Nqobizitha Masuku.