DeMbare mum on Bill

18 Aug, 2022 - 00:08 0 Views
DeMbare mum on Bill

The Herald

Tadious Manyepo

Sports Reporter

DYNAMOS bosses have remained mum on the possible transfer of starlet Bill Antonio who passed a three-week trial stint at top Belgian football club KV Mechelen. 

The 19-year-old Prince Edward prodigy convinced the KV Mechelen staff he has the quality to play for their team. 

His signing of a contract with the Belgium side depends on the terms which would be agreed with the two teams involved. 

He has a huge chance of joining KV Mechelen before the current transfer window closes on September 3 in Belgium although the team can also decide to take him aboard in the January 2023 window. 

Dynamos executive chairman, Isaiah Mupfurutsa, was not available for comment yesterday. 

Coach Tonderai Ndiraya said he knows nothing about the deal but expressed excitement that Antonio is now available to help his team. 

The Prince Edward Academy product is expected to add more fire-power for the Glamour Boys this weekend. 

DeMbare face-off against Whawha in the Chibuku Super Cup first round tie at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday. 

Ndiraya’s charges have not been doing well in the country’s premier knock-out tournament since its re-instalment in 2013. 

But, they came close to reaching the final last year only to lose in the semi-finals to eventual winners FC Platinum. 

And with Antonio back in the fold, Ndiraya feels his charges can sail through the first hurdle. 

“Everyone knows what Bill Antonio can do when he is available. 

“We have been missing him a lot and I am very happy he is back to help the team,” said Ndiraya. 

“He is a very good player and I am also sure he is keen to play a role in the Chibuku Super Cup tie against Whawha. 

“Whawha are not an easy opponent at all as they showed us in the league at Ascot recently. 

“They are an organised team and the fact that they eliminated Cranborne Bullets in the preliminary round shows that they are indeed a competitive outfit. 

“Remember Cranborne Bullets did so well in the last edition of the Chibuku Super Cup. They reached the same stage that we reached but they were dumped out by Whawha.

“So we can’t afford to treat them lightly. So the availability of Bill is a major boost on our part. 

“We need the width that he is always ready to give us and we hope he will play a very key role as we try to find our way into the quarter-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup,” Ndiraya said. 

The Glamour Boys could welcome back defender Frank Makarati from injury. 

The rock solid centre-back has been missing through a knock but he could be available for the Whahwa clash. 

Captain Partson Jaure is unlikely to be in the team for the Whahwa game. 

He is part of the ZIFA Level 1 Coaching course class which is currently being held at Oriel Boys High School in Harare. 

The course, which started on Monday, is scheduled to end on Monday next week making Jaure’s availability chances for the match close to zero.

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