Fungai Muderere and Mbongeni Ncube
VETERAN midfielder Mthulisi Maphosa whose contract with Highlanders expired in December, is reportedly demanding $7 000 that he is owed by the Bulawayo giants through his agent Ezra “Tshisa” Sibanda.
Bosso chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede acknowledged receiving a letter dated 12 January from Sibanda where the former ZBC employee made the demand on behalf of his client.
“We received a letter from Ezra Sibanda who is an agent for Mthulisi Maphosa. He stated that his client is owed $7 000 by Highlanders and our executive discussed the matter on Monday. There are many points that I need to reply to . . . I will actually write a letter to them (Maphosa and Sibanda) reminding them of the financial liability that the player has at our club,” said Gumede.
Maphosa, a former Highlanders midfielder is targeting a switch to newly-promoted Premier Soccer League side Bulawayo City.
Maphosa’s contract at Highlanders expired on 31 December having spent the better part of the past season on the sidelines due to a nagging knee injury.
He joined Highlanders in 2012 when the club had Zambian gaffer Kelvin Kaindu as the coach and at the moment he hopes to impress Bulawayo City coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube together with ex-Bosso captain Gilbert Banda who appeared to have fallen out of favour with his employers at How Mine.
Banda did not feature for the club in the last few games of the campaign last term.
Also on the Bulawayo City radar is Hwange’s Nkosana Siwela and Malvin Nyakabangwe, who played for relegated WhaWha last season.
Among those already signed by Bulawayo City are former Chicken Inn striker Mkhokheli Dube, Makhosi Ncube, Lewis “Rambo” Ncube, Qinani “Chroma” Sibanda, Welcome Ndiweni, Warren Dube, goalkeepers Ndodana Sibanda, Archford Katsande and Aaron Ngwenya.
Meanwhile, out of contract midfielder Valentine Ndaba is reportedly on the verge of joining Harare giants Dynamos from Bosso.
Ndaba’s contract with Bosso ran out at the end of 2015 and early this year the player reportedly met Highlanders vice chairman Mgcini Mpofu in the capital where he made a commitment to renew his contract before the recent change of mind.
“He (Ndaba) once met our vice chairman in Harare where he indicated that he wanted to renew his contract.
Consequently, our committee that is made of personnel from our human resources and finance department discussed terms with him and he then requested to seek advice from his uncle who is based in Harare. As far as we are concerned, Ndaba should be coming back to Bulawayo to sign a new contract although we learnt that he is training with Dynamos,” said Gumede.