NEWLY-PROMOTED Whawha have swooped on players with Premiership experience as they look to bolster their squad ahead of the upcoming season, completing loan deals for Lameck Nhamo and Simon Shoko from FC Platinum.
The prison wardens won promotion into the Castle Lager Premiership after winning the Zifa Central Region Division One League last year.
However, their ascendency to the top flight was threatened after they failed to raise the $208 000 affiliation fees forcing the league to kick them out.
After some heavy pleading and having secured their funds from well-wishers, Whawha were finally readmitted into the top flight league at the end of last month.
Although the 2020 season is yet to start due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Gweru-based side is now bolstering its squad.
Initially, Shoko and Nhamo’s deals looked to have fallen through after Whawha hit the affiliation fees snag but the club has managed to resurrect the transfers.
They have also added former Dynamos, Chicken Inn and ZPC Kariba forward King Nasama to their roster as well as Tinashe Gurendu from the Gamecocks.
Whawha chief executive Innocent Makoni said their roster is taking shape and are ready to compete in the top flight once this global pandemic is over.
“We paid our affiliation fees on March 27 through a well-wisher who is willing to provide more but the door is open for other sponsors to come on board and partner the team as we embark on our premiership journey,” Makoni told the Daily News yesterday.
“A couple of players who have PSL experience have joined us, we are looking to add more experienced players as well as the up and coming youngsters so that there’s a balance.”
In 2014, the prison wardens won promotion into the topflight league but their fairy-tale failed to go past a season as they were relegated after only one season.
Makoni is, however, confident they have assembled a side that has what it takes to maintain their top flight status.