CHAMPIONS Highlanders have been gradually turning professional and plans are afoot for a virtual transformation next season through a large investment, investigations by Ind
ependentSport have revealed.
A big investment by members of the corporate world, who are currently finalising negotiations, is expected to turn Bosso into the mould of household names in African soccer such as Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa and Esperance of Tunisia.
Bosso now have all players and technical staff on full-time basis and are training twice per day. The players and technical staff are earning monthly salaries in addition to winning bonuses.
Secretary general Kennedy Ndebele yesterday confirmed that the process of turning professional has reached an advanced stage and is expected to be complete next season due to a huge financial injection.
“Indeed, we are in the process of turning into one of the biggest clubs in Africa run on a professional basis,” said Ndebele. “Turning professional is a process where you transform not only on the field of play set-up, but also administratively.”
He said Bosso have the capacity to fully achieve professional status and realise the benefits through success at home and on the international scene.
“We have the ingredients and capacity to fully turn professional. We have corporate organisations that provide sponsorship and indeed there are plans for a huge investment next season that should enable us to complete the transformation process. I can’t give details or identify the sources of sponsorship now.
“Currently we have full-time employees running the club with the assistance of an elected executive as well as an advisory board. All our players and technical staff are employed full-time and are earning salaries that are competitive.”
Although Ndebele declined to divulge the details of the deal, this paper is reliably informed that two major corporate orgnisations – one of them in the insurance sector – are ready to come on board.
Bosso have dominated the local scene by winning four consecutive championships only to fall short in the African Champions League safari.
The dismal failure on the continent has exposed the champions’ shortcomings in depth and planning logistics, especially compared to the likes of Pirates or Esperance that are fully professional.
Turning professional is set to benefit Bosso players through exposure which will ultimately lead to trials and attachments with foreign clubs. Already, several South African sides and others overseas have expressed interest in goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini and midfielders Johannes Ngodzo and Honour Gombami.
In addition to army teams in the premiership, Caps United and Motor Action are other professional teams in the premier league.
However, as has been endemic in local soccer, lack of financial strength has hampered their growth, with Caps United currently reeling under a plethora of problems that are believed by some insiders to be caused by lack of sponsorship.