Tarumbwa, Hadebe join Gamecocks| January 1, 2016 | Sport
STRIKER Obidiah Tarumbwa and defender Teenage Hadebe completed their moves to champions Chicken Inn yesterday and have been included in the Gamecocks’ 28-man Caf Champions League squad.
The duo is part of four new signings confirmed by the ambitious Bulawayo side in its bid to make a mark in the African safari and retain the league championship. Chicken Inn also signed unheralded strikers Pyswell Madhazi and Moses Demera from relegated sides Dongo Sawmill and Flame Lily respectively.
However, it is the capture of proven striker Tarumbwa and national team defender Hadebe that is likely to infuriate Highlanders’ fans, who had been hoping that Bosso would retain the two players, who had been on loan at the Bulawayo giants from Southern Region League outfit Bantu Rovers. Highlanders’ snail pace in dealing with Bantu Rovers regarding the services of Tarumbwa, Hadebe and FC Platinum-bound Nqobizitha Masuku could prove costly when the new season starts.
Bantu Rovers had given Bosso first preference to re-engage the players and wrote to the Bulawayo giants at the beginning of December inquiring whether they were interested in retaining the trio. I am reliably informed that Highlanders only responded to the Bantu Rovers’ letter on December 30 after reading in the press that Chicken Inn had approached Bantu Rovers for the services of Tarumbwa and Hadebe.
Highlanders’ secretary-general Emmett Ndlovu and committee member Wisdom Mabhena hand-delivered the Bosso response at the Bantu Rovers offices on Wednesday, but it was rather late as Tarumbwa and Hadebe had been given the green light to sign for Chicken Inn. Highlanders will now have to hunt for new strikers after Tarumbwa’s confirmed departure as they are also set to lose hitman Knox Mutizwa, who is on the verge of signing for South African Premier Soccer League side Bidvest Wits. Bosso’s quest to lure top notch players might also prove difficult following reports that the club is planning to cut players’ wages for the 2016 season.