SUNSHINE BOYS SNUB TRIALS
4 July 2018
HARARE City say they are more interested in their players securing contracts in Europe than going for trials in South Africa.
Chairman Alois Masepe was speaking to H-Metro yesterday amid indications that two of their players snubbed trials in South Africa.
In recent years, the Sunshine Boys are one of few clubs in the Premiership to have exported players directly to Europe – Tino Kadewere (Sweden) and Silas Songani (Denmark).
It is against that background that Masepe believes players’ biggest priority should be about making a break in Europe and then SA at the worst.
“I’m not at liberty to reveal which two players should have gone for trials in South Africa.
“All I can say is that we felt the players are not yet ready and their potential calls for European teams rather. That is what we focus on as a team when it comes to exporting players,” Masepe said.
Bidvest Wits recently watched Harare City in action, with indications the ABSA Premiership side was interested in both Harare City and Ngezi Platinum players.
Striker Wilfred Muvirimi, who rose from the bench to score the City goal on that day, is one of the two to have attracted interests in SA, though the identity of the clubs have not been confirmed.
Harare City however, are not the first club to turn down trials from South African teams.
Chicken Inn have done that, the latest being Devine Lunga who now looks set to be signed by Golden Arrows without having to go for trials.
“It is possible to have players going directly to Europe and in this case, we know the players that have attracted interest have so much potential and they are young.
“We have had players going to Europe directly and that is what we have to work on especially now when we are developing our own talent. In some cases though, we can allow players to go to SA as we do not stand in the way of players,” Masepe said.
Harare City are expected to add a midfielder and striker this transfer window. The departure of defender Elisha Muroiwa left them with a free slot.
“The coaches have not recommended a defender but a midfielder and a striker for this window. We are negotiating with one player, but we are not in a position to reveal the details as yet.
“In terms of getting players from outside, our policy is that we only get a player when he is exceptional or has experience. Otherwise, we prefer to get players from our developmental side,” said Masepe.
Harare City face CAPS United at Rufaro on Saturday.