Bosso open to squad additions Kelvin Kaindu

Innocent Kurira Sports Reporter

HIGHLANDERS are not done with their business in the transfer market yet.

Assistant coach Try Ncube revealed the club is still open to roping in a few more players.

Ncube and second assistant coach Agent Sawu were in charge as Highlanders beat GreenFuel 1-0 in their first official friendly for this pre-season period.

Bosso got their only goal from an Andrew Mbeba free-kick in a match played at Ascot Stadium in Gweru.

Coach Kelvin Kaindu watched from the stands as he was still waiting for his work permit to resume full duties.

Speaking after the match Ncube suggested the club is open to making more additions to their present squad.

“We may add one or two players if we manage to get exceptional talent,” said Ncube. He assured the club fans that they would find a replacement for one of the club’s key players from last season Mbon-geni Ndlovu who joined FC Platinum.

“We cannot safely say we have replaced Mbongeni Ndlovu but we will replace him,” said Ncube. Bosso have bolstered their squad by signing midfielders Marvin Sibanda from Little Rock from the USA and Brain Ndlovu from Adachi, defender Brian Mlotshwa formerly with Hwange and striker Reason Sibanda who was with Arenel have also joined. The club has also gone on to extend the contracts of Darlington Mukuli, Gillian Nyathi, Talent Dube, Prince Ndlovu, and the Mushore brothers, McKinnon and Mason.

Defender Mvelo Khoza and midfielder Akim Nkomo have been promoted from the development side. Bosso, who were unbeaten in the opening 19 matches, had the fourth worst record in the last 17 games of the season. They were only better than Cranborne Bullets, Triangle, and Bulawayo Chiefs in the second half. A good start to the season is the reason the Highlanders eventually finished in fifth place on the final league standings.

They lost seven games in the second half of the season, dropping 19 points more and conceding 18 goals in 17 games, compared to just four in the opening half.

Highlanders managed just four wins in the second half of the season, a poor record only beaten by Triangle and Cranborne Bullets, who both won three games.

They managed just nine goals in 17 matches of the second half, with only Cranborne Bullets doing worse (eight), the only two teams without double digits.

Bosso scored the least number of goals in a season in which they found the target 24 times in 34 matches.

This was the worst strike rate by the club since the introduction of the Premier League in 1993. Bosso won the inaugural championship and scored 53 goals in the process from 30 matches in an Adam Ndlovu-inspired attack.

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