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Platinum in contract talks with players

Fungai Muderere
THE FC Platinum quartet of holding midfielder Winston Mhango, twins Elvis and Kelvin Moyo and seasoned defender Gift Bello are reportedly reluctant to renew their contracts at FC Platinum amid revelations that they were demanding more attractive offers.

The four players, whose current contracts with the platinum miners are due to expire on 31 December,  were undoubtedly instrumental in Platinum’s 2015 campaign in the process giving Chicken Inn a torrid time in the fight for the top honours.

“Days after the conclusion of the 2015 season, FC Platinum showed interest in renewing contracts for Winston, Gift , Kelvin and Elvis. However, the players demanded better financial offers and decided not to commit themselves. The club is still talking to them and nothing has materialised yet,” said a FC Platinum insider.

Repeated efforts to get a comment from platinum’s media liaison officer Chido Chizondo hit a brick wall as her mobile phone was not reachable.

However, while Mhango, a former Hwange midfield talisman, was not keen to open up on his contract negotiations with the free spending Zvishavane based club, he told B Metro Sport that Zambia’s football giants Power Dynamos were after his signature.

“I don’t want to discuss much about my contract negotiations with FC Platinum. All I can say is that I’m still committed to the club. The club has in a way helped me to carve a name and market myself because at the moment Power Dynamos of Zambia are saying they need my services. I have met one of their officials Lombe Chipupu who is their secretary general and I’m still yet to make a decision,” said Mhango.

Power Dynamos is based in Kitwe. The club is sponsored by the Copper belt Energy Corporation and are under the tutelage of Tenant Chilumba who interestingly happens to be Mhango’s former coach at Hwange and FC Platinum.

“On Monday, I received a call from one of ZPC Kariba’ officials who told me their club was willing to take me on board. I’m still weighing options but I must say their offer was attractive,” added Mhango.