Highlanders FC chairman Peter Dube has denied that his club is shutting out former players who want to return.
Whenever a player has left the club, fans and the executive seemingly seal doors for their return. Even some of those that left to join Cobras in 1963 and Olympics in 1977 were grudgingly accepted back.
In an interview on Tuesday, Dube said it was not true that former players were not accommodated when they sought to return. He said several players had rejoined the club and gone to deliver quality service citing the case of Barry Daka, Welcome Ndiweni and Joel Ngodzo.
“We have an open door for any player. We do not discriminate against our own. Those that have gone for greener pastures are always welcome as long as they impress the technical team,” said Dube.
The Bosso boss said it was not true that the club seemed to be bitter with its former players for leaving the club. There have been grumblings on why some good players like Zephaniah Ngodzo, Ricky Sibiya, Brighton Dube, Brighton Choto, Mkhokheli Dube, Hloniphani Ndebele and Gilbert Banda were shunned yet the club had the audacity to buy the likes of Tinashe Chipunza and Master Masitara who never added any value to the club ignoring Bosso sons who would have the cutting edge when it comes to fighting for the team’s pride.
Dube said the executive never influenced the signing of any former player as in every other player they had to meet the coaches’ expectations.
Peter Dube: Photo Chronicle
He said: “We had Barry Daka returning from Hwange and Olympics at some stage of his career. There are many players who left Highlanders and returned at some stage. We have Ndiweni and Josta today, they are our former players. Njabulo Ncube was groomed at the club, he left on several instances but was accommodated every time he wanted to return from the greener pastures.”
Most of the players the club has had in recent years have been accused of failing to have the killer instinct that could see the club win championships.
“The executive does not interfere on who the coaches want on board. We leave that to their discretion as we have faith in what they do as our coaches as we share the same vision that Bosso should scale great heights,” said Dube.
There have also been concerns why juniors at the club are rarely given an opportunity or some seemingly getting better treatment than others, some of whom are over aged hunted from Gweru and Harare. Dube said every player was expected to meet the club’s high standards.
He said: “If there are players occupying junior slots for the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League who are above the limit, we would appreciate evidence to that effect. Our first port of call should always be our juniors. Most of the club’s successes in the past were as a result of home grown talent and it’s the path that we are on and we hope to tighten screws to avoid leakages that have in the past seen us lose talent to other clubs.”
Concerns have been raised as to why Under-20 striker Mgcini Sibanda, who shone at the Cosafa tournament in Lesotho is still being retained when he is not getting game time.
South Africa-born King Madolo who developed at Churchill High School, Godknows Makaruse and the pair of Knox Mutizwa and Ozias Zibande are the preferred juniors.
In three years Mutizwa and Zibande appear to have failed to make a big impression that they have what it takes to take Highlanders in the same way Madinda Ndlovu, Peter Ndlovu, Willard Kumalo, the late Mercedes Sibanda, Gift Lunga (Snr), Gift Lunga (Jnr), Thulani Ncube, Dazzy Kapenya and the late duo of Nqobizitha Maenzanise and Tutani Moyo did at their age – Chronicle Sport.