Grace Chingoma Senior Sports Reporter
FORMER Dynamos player Russell Madamombe and former How Mine defender George Magariro have found a new home at ZPC Kariba. They join former Dynamos defender Thomas Magorimbo who has already joined the Kariba side and more additions are expected in the coming week.
While Madamombe’s handlers yesterday said the deal was yet to be finalised by putting pen to paper, it is certain that the player would be at the club this season.
The former Monomotapa midfielder was forced to look for other pastures after he was snubbed by DeMbare at the end.
He has been training with ZPC Kariba this whole week.
Yesterday, Madamombe manager, Gibson Mahachi, chose to play it safe.
“We haven’t finalised (anything) yet. He is training with the club and we are hoping that by end of the day-to-day or Monday everything would have been finalised.
“It is almost a deal done. But with football you can never be sure. It was almost deal done with DeMbare and then we were told last minute that it can’t be,” he said.
Kariba, who were pipped to the league title by DeMbare last season, appear to have woken up again after losing key players at the end of the season.
They lost former skipper Limited Chikafa, Ephraim Mwinga, Peter Muzondo and Obey Mwerahari.
But they have managed to secure Magariro and Magorimbo as direct replacements for centre-back and right-back positions which were marshalled by Mwinga and Mwerahari last season.
The bulk of the team, which was on the verge of winning their maiden league title last season, together with Soccer Star of the Year Dennis Dauda, has been retained.
Seasoned players like Pride Tafirenyika, Tawanda Munyanduri, Tawanda Nyamandwe, Charles Mukanhairi, Artwell Nyamiwa, David Rediyoni, Tsepo Rantokoane and Norest Mukwezvaramba are still with the club.
The club, which spent the whole of last season playing their home matches in Harare, are confident that when the season gets underway they would using Nyamunga which was under renovations.
The PSL are yet to do the final inspection on the stadium.
Yesterday, the club’s spokesperson Fadzai Chisvetu said they have completed renovations.
“The stadium is complete and waiting for the PSL to come back and inspect it.
“But we have managed to do all the renovations according to the required standards and, hopefully, we would be playing at Nyamhunga when the season starts,” she said.
ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka said after seven weeks of pre-season his team was showing potential.
“Our team is not bad. We are still looking for more players to add on to our squad but we cannot disclose them. Yes, we have lost some players but we have managed to some replacements and we are still looking for more. We have trained for seven weeks now and most of the players are showing great potential. And we are making all the players feel at home. Officially, I can say we have Thomas Magorimbo, Russel Madamombe and Ralph Manuvire,” he said.