Takudzwa Chitsiga Sports Reporter
HARARE City have promoted three players from their development side Harare City Cubs in line with Premier Soccer League rules of registering five juniors in every team.
The Sunshine Boys, who are now under the guidance of Mkhuphali “Mr Cooper” Masuku, are in Nyanga for a two-week pre-season physical training retreat.
The trio — Wilfred Muwirimi, Emmanuel Zinyama and Steady Mudzengerere — were part of the David Kutyauripo-coached side that won the Harare Region Divison Two ticket last season and helped the Cubs gain promotion into the ZIFA Northern Region Division One.
The players join already registered Under-20 players Tatenda Tumba and goalkeepers Tatenda Munditi and Kelvin Shangiwa.
Despite losing several seasoned players like Ronald Chitiyo to CAPS United, Munyaradzi Diro-Nyenye to Yadah Stars and Raphael Manuvire, who rejoined ZPC Kariba, the Sunshine Boys believe they have a competent side. They have already released several senior players like captain Themba Ndlovu, who is also eyeing a move to Yadah Stars, Arnold Chivheya, Crispen Dickson and goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube.
The club’s media officer Hope Chizuzu said they are building a strong team for this season.
“We have managed to retain most of our players and at the moment the team is in Nyanga where they are undergoing a rigorous physical training.
“After pre-season the players need to be re-conditioned so that is the process they are undergoing with our fitness trainer Thompson ‘Marabha’ Matenda.
“Reports from Nyanga are that they are responding well to training and everyone is doing his best,” said Chizuzu.
Harare City have also brought on board the likes of Protasho Kabwe, Malvin Gaki, Pritchard Mpelele and former Mutare City Rovers defender Munyaradzi Sako.