HARARE giants Dynamos and Caps United were the big winners in July transfer activities shelling out on some of the league’s most wanted
as well as signing top strikers for free.
Much was expected of Dynamos in this transfer window as they had compiled an audacious transfer wish-list that included FC Platinum stars, with Alen Gahadzikwa and Daniel Ngoma prominent on the list, as well as Nelson Maziwisa. All three expressed interest in a DeMbare switch, but after FC Platinum closed the door on the players’ move, Dynamos was forced to revise their list which also featured the likes of Monomotapa striker Kuda Musharu.
After failing to meet Monomotapa’s valuation of Musharu and faced with the prospect of failing to sign a replacement, Dynamos launched another impudent bid for want-away Caps attacker, Evans Gwekwerere — a move Caps flatly turned down, only for DeMbare to meet last minute success in former Highlanders striker, Obadiah Tarumbwa.
For a team that has been making so much through gate takings and realised more than US$100 000 from the sale of two players, other teams expect Dynamos to shell out a bit more for players. What’s more, they are aiming to play in the Caf Champions League next year, which makes quality players crucial. Dynamos also signed Cliff Sekete from Gunners, and he is already showing signs of being a wise buy.
Like Dynamos, Caps needed to delve into the market for new attackers as they have struggled for goals in the first half of the season.
Caps splashed out before the start of the season but find themselves closer to the relegation zone at 10th on the 16-team log, a massive 14 points behind leaders Highlanders.
The misfiring side secured Shingi Kawondera on a free transfer and also snapped up the Gunners duo of striker Leonard Fiyado and Hardlife Zvirekwi. Fiyado has since scored his first goal for Caps, something which Gwekwerere and Clive Kawinga have been failing to do since the season started.
Highlanders have surprised many with their form so far this season which has seen them lead the log standings from the start. They too needed to make new signings, but the Bulawayo giants are working on a stringent budget, so they only added Cleopas Dube and Takunda Sadiki.
For once FC Platinum avoided spending big. They registered Benjamin Marere, Hardlife Mavundi Raphael Muchuviwa, Edmore Tsoro, Obey Hunduza and William Manondo. Their championship ambitions are still healthy as they trail Highlanders by eight points having played a game less.
At the bottom of the log four teams, Quelaton, WWS Rangers, Hardbody and Black Mambas face the danger of dropping to Division One. Between them they registered 26 new players, with Rangers accounting for 10.
Hardbody went for experience in their transfer dealings. Former Caps midfielder Steven Alimenda joined the Gweru-based side, as did Dumisani Mafudze who played in the top-flight with Chapungu.
Hardbody have the worst premiership form having lost their last four matches, and lie six points from the safety zone.