HIGHLANDERS are hoping to register another teen striker Obert “Adebayor” Tafira when the mid-season transfer window opens in July to bolster their strike
BY FORTUNE MBELE
Seventeen-year-old Tafira — who played with striker Thomas Chideu at Prince Edward High School in Harare — trained with Bosso last week, but has returned to the capital as he awaits finalisation of his move to the Bulawayo giants.
Before the match against Dongo Sawmill at Vengere Stadium in Rusape on Sunday, head coach Bongani Mafu confirmed that the technical team was interested in the player.
“We have a scouting system that identified a young man from Harare, who we refer to as Adebayor (Obert Tafira) who came to train with us. He is 17. We liked his stature, play and personality.
“I think he is can fit into the Highlanders system. The bonus is that he played in the same teamwith Thomas. We hope to bring him in the next window if all goes well,” Mafu said.
Tafira yesterday confirmed training with Bosso and said he would be returning to Bulawayo next month.
Highlanders have strikers — Obadiah Tarumbwa, Simba Sithole and Ozias Zibande — who have been dogged by injuries, with Chideu and Gabriel Nyoni and Thembalethu Mthunzi — registered in the juniors’ quota — the other forwards in their books.
Highlanders are not yet decided on former Zesco United left-back Zimiseleni Moyo, a free agent training with Highlanders after leaving the Zambian champions at the beginning of the year.
Moyo trained with Bosso in pre-season and is back trying his luck with the Bulawayo giants.
“The second player who has come and asked to train with us is a free agent,” Mafu said.
“Zimiseleni (Moyo) trained with us and when I told him that I wanted to sign him at the time (pre-season), he had a better offer, I think in Mozambique. He is a good player and he is training with us, but we are not yet decided because of the decision he had taken first.”