Sikhumbuzo Moyo in BULAWAYO
THE Sports Commission on Thursday gave Highlanders a support letter for the application of Dutch coach Erol Akbay’s work permit. The commission’s sports development director Joseph Muchechetere on Thursday confirmed that they had given Bosso the support letter.
“The support letter was actually written immediately upon request, but we could not release it because of the missing contract.
“We did not know what Highlanders wanted us to support because (Jonathan) Mashingaidze (ZIFA chief executive) had not given us the necessary document,” said Muchechetere.
Meanwhile, How Mine have dismissed reports that they have signed Highlanders’ first-choice goalkeeper Arial Sibanda.
How Mine sports administrator Rueburn Ndebele said they have an unwritten rule that they will never sign any player contracted to the Bulawayo giants.
“Those reports are not true at all. As How Mine, we know we are in Bulawayo where Highlanders rules and we can’t strain our relations with them by taking their best players,” said Ndebele.
“When Charles Sibanda came to us, we had enquired from Highlanders whether they had any contract with him and if they still wanted him.
“It was after we had satisfied ourselves that we would not be stepping on the toes of Highlanders that we then decided to take Sibanda. The same thing happened with Mgcini Sibanda,” Ndebele said.
Social media had been awash with rumours that Arial Sibanda had ditched Highlanders and signed a contract with How Mine.