Big guns set to raid market

THE mid-season transfer window cracks open this Sunday to allow movement of players in a Castle Lager Premier League season that has shaped up in a manner few would have predicted.
Highlanders have raced to the top and remain unbeaten, only dropping points in three draws in their first 10 games, yet they were hardly favourites when the season started.
But after 11 games Caps United, who have since recovered from a turbulent start and have picked up 13 of their last 15 points, will probably be the first team to rush into satisfying their glaring need for an effective striker.
Shingi Kawondera and Leonard Tsipa are training with the Harare giants and both will be hoping they can be registered; there is also a strong possibility of promoting juniors.
So far only one of their number strikers, Washington Pakamisa, has managed to find the target while Clive Kawinga and Evans — who however has seen little action — have fired blanks.
But with South African clubs after their star player so far this term, Rahman Kutsanzira, Caps will have to conduct more transfer business than they envisaged.
But champions Dynamos, who have already lost Takesure Chinyama to Orlando Pirates, goalkeeper Washington Arubi to Pretoria University and could also lose Denver Mukamba, will be more desperate to make use of their cheque book.
Despite the loss of players there were already plans to bring new talent to the Harare giants, but Dynamos will have to reinvest whatever they recoup from the South African side in signing new players if they are to maintain a title challenge which so far has been fairly on track, with 17 points from nine games.
But who do they buy? Some of their targets, as coach Kalisto Pasuwa revealed, have been linked with moves to South Africa leaving the Harare giants redrawing their wish-list.
“It’s very difficult now; you identify certain players and the next morning the players have gone to South Africa,” said Pasuwa. “We need to buy and replace the players that are likely to leave, but considering what has happened so far certain teams might not be willing to release their players.”
Despite their frenetic start Bosso still need to beef up their squad and there are whispers of new players coming in.
FC Platinum, who are almost always active on the transfer market, are looking to add Botswana striker  Joel Mogorosi to their squad but they now face stiff competition from Kaizer Chiefs who have also expressed interest. If Mogorosi decides to join Chiefs as is most likely, Platinum would have to go for “Plan B” and it would be interesting to find out whom they will sign.
Platinum coach Rahman Gumbo is an admirer of Caps’ Clive Kawinga and he can also register Benjamin Marere who is already on their books.
The July transfer window is likely to be intriguing as the business begins. — Staff Writer.