HIGHLANDERS technical manager Mark Harrison is relaxed about the club’s lack of transfer activity at a time their rivals are going into overdrive by bringing in numerous new signings ahead of the 2020 Castle Lager premiership season.
With the new campaign fast approaching, the Bulawayo giants, who lost full back MacClive Phiri to Bidvest Wits of South Africa and Denzel Khumalo to FC Platinum, are yet to make any marquee signing during this transfer window.
Harrison, who replaced Dutch coach Hendrikus Pieter de Jongh, had revealed his desire to strengthen key areas to have a competitive unit this term.
It has, however, not been possible as the club chose to stay loyal to their culture by promoting players from their junior set-up.
Currently, veteran striker Mkhokheli Dube is training with the club hoping to impress Harrison after being offloaded at reigning champions FC Platinum following the expiry of his contract at the end of last year.
Former Chicken Inn and Kaizer Chiefs forward Mitchel Katsvairo is also training with Bosso with the hope of relaunching his career following an unsuccessful stint with Ngezi Platinum Stars recently.
Former CAPS United goalkeeper Chris Mverechena is also trying his luck with Bosso after being dumped by the Green Machine together with former Bulawayo City star Humphrey Ncube.
“All is good, the boys are taking shape nicely. Everyone is working hard and it’s pleasing, really,” Harrison told the Daily News. “It’s all looking good and hopefully we will succeed.”
While Bosso, who have not won the title since 2006, are yet to spend any money on new signings, the same cannot be said of the other leading contenders in the league.
CAPS United have virtually overhauled their entire squad after signing 21 new players in a shopping spree that has stunned the entire top flight.
Makepekepe have so far signed midfielder Innocent Mucheneka from Chicken Inn, Tatenda Tumba, Ismael Wadi and Munyaradzi Diro-Nyenye arrived from Harare City.
They have also signed Brandon Mpofu, Tafadzwa Jaravani, Webster Tanaka, Obey Muleya, Joseph Tulani, Tichaona Gandiwa, Enock Karembo, Tatenda Munditi, James Marufu, Wallace Magalane, John Chinyerere and Tinashe Balakasi.
The other new arrivals at United are Ian Nyoni, Richard Hachiro, Carlos Mavhurume, Diego Makurumidze and Tatenda Munditi.
FC Platinum remain favourites for a fourth consecutive title after adding 11 new players ahead of the new season.
Harare giants Dynamos have also not been left out after bringing in defender Partson Jaure, 2018 Soccer Star of the Year finalist David Temwanjira, former Hwange goalkeeper Taimon Mvula, defender Byron Madzokere and highly-rated midfielder Juan Mutudza, who was with Herentals.
The Harare giants have also added highly-rated yet unheralded duo of Tanaka Chidhobha and Lennox Mutsetse.
They also signed Yadah FC midfielder Nkosi Mhlanga together with the former ZPC Kariba duo of Tino Chiunye and Sylvester Appiah.
Winger Barnabas Mushunje arrived from Ngezi Platinum Stars while Cameroonian striker Albert Eonde signed from FC Platinum.
In their pursuit of glory, Ngezi Platinum have added 12 new signings.
With their rivals announcing a new signing almost every day, Highlanders have resisted the urge and are banking on the majority of their players from last season.