THE five Zimbabwe-born players who attended trials at newly promoted MTN Premier League of Swaziland outfit, Matsapha United, have been released after failing to outdo the cluba��s five foreigners already with the team.
The Zimbabweans sought to outdo the foreign players who brought the team into the top flight league. It was never going to be easy in the first place.
The five are midfielders Terry Gonzo (23) and Benjamin Chirimanzi (28), strikers Vincent Nyangawo (27) and Tatenda Tsuro (25) and 23 year old goalkeeper, John Masika.
They travelled to Manzini via Mozambique together with Saul Chaminuka.
Four days after arriving in Swaziland for trials at Matsapha United they found themselves showcasing their talents on the FNB Stadium turf against South Africa soccer giants, Orlando Pirates.
Coached by Chaminuka, Matsapha United travelled to Johannesburg for a practice match which they lost 1-6, but for the five the experience was more than they had bargained for.
Club director, Sipho Shongwe said they didna��t have to keep holding onto five trialists whose chances of clinching deals were all but slim.
a�?We released the boys and allowed them time to secure clubs before the transfer window closes,a�? said Shongwe.
Meanwhile, Former ZRP Thomlison FC and Black Mambas player, Gift Masinyane paid tribute to Matsapha United coach and former Warriors assistant coach, Saul Chaminuka for his commitment to football.
Speaking in Swaziland last weekend, Masinyane recalled how Chaminuka would help young players among them the Germany based former Warriors player, George a�?Zambiaa�? Mbwando after his training sessions at Black Mambas.
a�?He coached me at Black Mambas, ZRP Thomlison and ZRP Ordinance and one thing about him is that he would later round up young boys from the police camp to train them.
a�?Among those were George Mbwando. Saul works better with young boys and I hope Zifa would in future consider him for our Young Warriors. I also hope Matsapha United, his team today like you said, would tap into his passion for developing young players,a�? he said.