The Premier Soccer League transfer window is set to close on Easter Saturday only to be reopened on 1 July, Zifa has said.
This means teams that would have failed to get players on their wish list before then would have to wait for three months.
“The local first transfer window closes on 26 March. In that regard, clubs should make sure that their players are registered in good time. The issue of players and officials licensing should be done before the season starts. With a few days remaining before the closure of the first transfer window, player and officials’ registration should be swiftly done by clubs to allow proper processing and issuing of licences,” said Jonathan Mashingaidze, the CEO of Zifa.
The window closure also affects lower division teams.
“We are bound by our rules and all licences for all our leagues up to Division Three will be issued by Zifa not any other organ. The second local transfer window will open on 1 July and close on 31 July.”
Naturally, the last week of the transfer window is very busy. Teams wishing to buy and sell players have about two weeks to conclude their business.
In what has been a fairly quiet January transfer window to date, Harare City have so far emerged as the biggest movers, with ex Dynamos duo of Ronald Chitiyo and Blessing Moyo joining the Sunshine Boys.
Veteran striker Obadiah Tarumbwa and holding midfielder Tafadzwa Kutinyu permanently joined Chicken Inn from Southern Region Division One club Bantu Rovers after agreeing on personal terms with the Gamecocks.
Rovers also released Warriors centre back Teenage Hadebe to Chicken Inn on a season’s loan.
Former Highlanders players Mthulisi Maphosa and Edmore “Digo” Muzanenhamo joined Premier Soccer League newboys Bulawayo City together with ex Chicken Inn forward Thomas Chimenya.
After showing a couple of seasoned players that include dreadlocked Gilbert Banda the exit, How Mine finalised deals with Tsepo Rantokoane, Kudzi Chidewu and Toto Banda. Rantokoane was with ZPC Kariba last season, while Chidewu was with relegated Dongo Sawmill and Banda with Chicken Inn.
The three signings were confirmed by club chairman Paul McAndrew.
Charles Sibanda, the 2010 Soccer Star of the Year, who has been sitting on the sidelines at How Mine as a result of injuries sustained in an accident last year finds himself back in the gold miners camp that is now under the guidance of Kelvin Kaindu.
Ex Bosso midfielder Valentine Ndaba was the latest local footballer to cross the great divide moving from Highlanders to Dynamos. The Harare giants also signed Tichaona Chipunza and goalkeeper Ashley Reyners who moved from Triangle to Dynamos.
Devon Chafa, who was with How Mine last season, is now with CAPS United who lost Dominic Mukandi to DeMbare.
At CAPS United, the club’s new signings include Cabby Kamhapa, Dennis Dauda, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Allen Gahadzikwa and Edmore Sibanda, as well as Method Mwanjali and Simba Nhivi, whose stay at the club has been properly regularised.
Pfumbidzai returned home prematurely after a short stint in Denmark. Makepekepe have also renewed the contract of resurgent nimble footed midfielder Joel “Josta Ngodzo following the expiry of his season’s deal in December last year.
Ngodzo reportedly added two years to his stay at Makepekepe after charming both his club’s bosses and the local league in the last half of 2015 with top performances that also earned him a place in the CHAN squad.
Former Hwange captain Rodwell Chinyengetere and Warriors midfielder Nqobizitha Masuku are notable players that joined FC Platinum.