Fungai Muderere/Sibhekisipho Fayayo
CASTLE Lager Premier Soccer League outfit How Mine has reportedly shown 11 seasoned players the exit ahead of the start of their 2016 season preparations on Wednesday.
An impeccable source told B Metro Sport that among the players that have officially been divorced is ex Highlanders influential captain Gilbert “Gidza” Banda, veteran midfielder Menard Mupera, third choice goalkeeper Nonjabulo Dube while Nelson Tachi is yet to be approached on contract renewal.
Mupera has reportedly hinted to his close associates that he was now hanging his boots.
“About 11 seasoned players have been notified by How Mine that their contracts will not be renewed. That was communicated through letters that were respectively given to them. As a matter of fact, I know Gilbert Banda and Mernard Mupera were some of the casualties. Mupera went on to hint on his retirement,” said a source.
Dube along with defender Tachi are the only survivors of the How Mine team which got promoted into topflight football in 2011. Dube has been providing cover to goalkeeper national team and Young Warriors shot stopper Bernard Donovan as well as former Highlanders goalie, Munyaradzi Diya.
The source also said the club’s new coach, who is reportedly set to be ex Highlanders gaffer Kelvin Kaindu, is set to bring 15 new players. However, it is understood the Metallon Gold Zimbabwe sponsored outfit failed to lure Chicken Inn creative midfielder Tafadzwa Kutinyu.
Contacted for comment How Mine chairman Paul MacAndrew could neither confirm nor deny the development saying the club was in the process of finalising their 2016 squad.
“We are in the process of finalising our squad. Some of the players’ contracts expired on 31 December 2015 and we are reviewing the performance of each individual player