Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Highlanders’ preparations for the new season, where they will be seeking a good start, have suffered a blow after ZRP FC demanded more for the services of Kasimero Chimbadzwa, whom Bosso want to co-opt from the Northern Region Division One side on a loan deal.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
Bosso, who will play their first match of the campaign against Hwange away from home, had agreed to “borrow” Chimbadzwa for $1 500, but on the eve of the explosion of the 2016 campaign, ZRP FC doubled the asking price and threatened to withdraw the player if Elroy Akbay’s side did not meet the new demands.
Highlanders are, however, not prepared to pay that amount for the player whom they had shortlisted for registration with the PSL.
The forward was on the verge of signing a contract with Highlanders who are seeking to return to
their old self under the new regime of Dutchman Akbay. Highlanders will not just let it go as they have threatened legal action against ZRP FC.
Bosso chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede yesterday acknowledged that the latest development was a big blow for his team who will be losing Knox Mutizwa, who is joining South Africa’s Bidvest Wits in July.
“We were on the verge of signing Kasimero, but we have just received a letter from one Thomas Mangwiro of ZRP FC and I have discussed with him and told him that we could go to court, but he says that the fresh demand came from his bosses and there is nothing he could do,” Gumede said.
Part of the March 19 correspondence from ZRP FC to Highlanders reads: “We agree to release the player on a one-year loan deal. We expect compensation in the sum of $1 500.”
Yesterday morning, Highlanders received another letter from ZRP FC, which stated: “ZRP FC is requiring you to raise your offer to $3 000. If you cannot meet the above, may you please release the player back to ZRP FC.”
In their provisional squad of 29 players released a few weeks ago for registration with the PSL, Bosso had provided four strikers Ralph Matema, Knox Mutizwa, Gabriel Nyoni and Chimbadzwa.
They have two strikers in the juniors’ quota, Prince Dube and McCarthy Dube.