Grace Chingoma Senior Sports Reporter
FACED with a player exodus, Triangle have turned to players from Division One clubs as they assemble a team for the new season. This follows the departure by a number of seasoned players from the Lowveld club.
Coach Kelvin Kaindu has also left to join How Mine.
Kaindu has always been charmed by Bulawayo, which is now his second home, after playing for Highlanders and also coaching Bosso.
The quartet of Jimmy Tigere, Hillary Bakacheza, Cabby Kamhapa and Tichaona Chipunza have left the Lowveld side and more players have expressed their willingness to join other clubs.
These four have since been cleared to join Harare City, FC Platinum and Dynamos.
Exciting winger Malvern Gaki is also another player who has made it clear that he also wants to leave the club and is on Harare City’s radar.
The Sunshine City Boys are still signing more players with coach Taurai Mangwiro saying he is still looking for more forwards and a winger.
Coach Biggie Zuze, who has assumed his old post as the head coach, said they have identified a number of players from Division One.
“We are putting things on the ground so that we start our pre-season. We are still sorting issues to do with players and other developments that happened.
“Most of the players are from Division One and we are just identifying these players, the disadvantage we have is we can’t conduct trials as this place is too far and all the interested players won’t be able to come.
“We have identified all the players we want and these players are mainly from Division One clubs and, maybe, we will get two or three players from the (top-flight) league,” said Zuze.
The former Monomotapa mentor said it is not yet clear how many players from last season will leave the club.
“We haven’t reconciled how many players have left the club as some of the players are yet to be cleared.
“Only four players — Jimmy, Hillary, Cabby and Tichaona — have been officially cleared,” he said.
The former Dynamos player said the departure of many players will affect the shape and rhythm of the team.
“It is a very tricky situation that many players are expressing the willingness to leave the club as you always want to work with the players you used to work with for continuity sake but it would be unfair to deny someone a chance to leave when he wants to do so,” said Zuze.
“Firstly ,we have to assemble a team of players who are capable and then the rest we will see as the players are still coming and we will then be in a better position to know how our season is going to be like,” he said.