MEMBERS of Highlanders’ squad from last season will have to convince new technical manager Mark Harrison that they deserve a place on the roster for the 2020 Castle Lager Premiership campaign.
The Briton, who officially started his job with the Bulawayo giants last week after finally securing his work permit, has been assessing the current squad he inherited from Hendrikus Pieter de Jongh.
There are also a number of players currently training with Bosso in the hope of securing contracts this transfer window.
However, even those players that were with the club last season will have to show that they deserve to be part of the squad this season with Harrison not giving any preferential treatment to the old guard.
“The coaches are working with a slightly bigger squad than what is normally registered for the season. Once they are done with their assessment, the club will then make an official announcement of the squad,” Bosso spokesperson Ronald Moyo told the Daily News yesterday.
“The squad they are working with is largely constituted of contracted players, with some coming from our developmental side Bosso 90.
“This means that contracted players who won’t make it to the final 25 will be loaned to clubs where they will get enough game time.”
Moyo indicated that there were clubs that were already inquiring about some of their players.
“We already have clubs that are inquiring if we can loan them some of our players, but we have put that conversation on hold, until we get a list of players who should get game time elsewhere. That list comes from the coaches,” he said.
Harrison is keen to acquire the services of Highlanders ex-players Mkhokheli Dube and Obadiah Tarumbwa as well as former Kaizer Chiefs striker Mitchell Katsvairo, who are training with the team.
Besides the veteran trio, Bosso have also promoted the quintet of Cardwell Kawaza, Dominic Jaricha, Dalubuhle Dlodlo, Muziwethu Dlamini and Darlington Munkuli from their junior team.
Highlanders parted ways with defender McClive Phiri who is now in South Africa, midfielder Denzel Khumalo, who joined FC Platinum, while Ben Musaka, Zambian forward Peter Nyirenda and Munyaradzi Chitambwe were released.