Our conveyor belt will not stop: Monoz
HARARE – Monomotapa pride themselves in being a conveyor belt of red-hot talent, having unearthed and sold quality players to local and foreign clubs since the club’s formation in the early 2000s.
Following a season in which they released key players like goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi and midfielder Russel Madamombe to champions Dynamos as well as forward Tawanda Nyamandwe to CAPS United, the modest Harare club has announced the arrival of 12 relatively unknown players for the upcoming 2013 season.
The most prominent recruit is 18-year-old starlet Nicholas Guyo, whose potential was abundantly evident in his Warriors debut against Botswana last week.
The Manhingi FC product, who became one of a handful of players in history to win a Zimbabwe national team cap without top-flight league experience, leads a cast of new players expected to feel the void created by a mass exodus of players from Monoz during the off-season.
Highly-rated striker Never Tigere joins the side from division two’s Hwedza Bullets while defender Charles Chivaku has been brought from Twalumba FC.
“You see, these players are hungry, they have something to prove,” Monomotapa chairman Joseph Mukoki said yesterday.
“For them it’s not yet about money, it’s about a chance to showcase their talent. That’s why when we have trials there are hundreds of players who turn up because they know they will be given a chance at Monoz.”
Monoz believe with their new acquisitions, their squad is now stronger than last year’s.
“We certainly think so,” Mukoki said.
Mukoki, however, admitted the club’s poor financial status also contributed to the decision to recruit from the lower divisions of the local game.
Meanwhile, Mukoki was delighted with the capture of former Dynamos utility player Timire Mamvura, who has signed for the club as a free agent.
“We have always wanted him in our team, but last year there were one or two differences between us and Dynamos. But now that he was a free agent, it became easy for us to freely negotiate with him.”
MONOZ NEW SIGNINGS
Martin Nyanzira, Agripa Muimba, Clive Boroma, Talent Munetsi, Edwin Madhananga, Nicholas Guyo, Charles Chivaku, Professor Wadyajena, Richard Manuwere, Gilfin Chambati, Divine Mhoya, Timire Mamvura.