10 January 2019
MANICA DIAMONDS on Monday unveiled part of their squad for the upcoming 2019 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season.
The list has 19 players, 10 new and nine who came with the team from Eastern Region Division One.
The moneybags are left with 11 slots and they have warned to raid more stars before the season kicks off in March.
We look at some of the new signings evaluating the contribution they will bring to the Gem Boys.
Arguably of the main signing for the Gem Boys, the former Warriors defender is well travelled.
Jaure, who earned himself the name Minister of Defence during his days at Dynamos, is expected to bring his experience to the Eastern Highlands side in their maiden season.
The highly rated defender was a target for a number of clubs after he was given a raw deal at Zambian side BuildCon last season after he joined from Ngezi Platinum.
He made his name at DeMbare where he was part of Kalisto Pasuwa’s championship winning team before joining South Africa’s University of Pretoria.
He is a defender every team would want to sign locally.
Overall, this is a top signing for Luke Masomere.
A utility player with great potential if he works on reports of indiscipline which saw him being booted out at DeMbare at the end of last season.
The youthful player can play both full-back positions and can also be deployed into defensive midfield which makes him a big signing for the Gem Boys.
Makaha was one of the most consistent players at Dynamos in the 2017 season when the Harare giants finished as runners up.
Though his form dwindled last season having spent some weeks injured, he is still regarded as one for the future.
Even FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza once included him on his wish list but later turned to former Ngezi Platinum’s Godknows Murwira.
Another good signing who can bring meaning contribution at Manica Diamonds.
The former Warriors midfielder is known for his pace, giving defenders a hard time.
He, however, played cameo roles at FC Platinum last season as he struggled for game time.
This means Manica Diamonds did not face any resistance from Norman Mapeza in landing Mudehwe.
While football is a game of combinations, Mudehwe is an average signing but can blossom especially if he is regarded as one the key players by Luke Masomere.
Since Manica Diamonds have indicated that their plans are to survive relegation, he is not a bad signing after all but he remains average.
Mutasa has shown his good and bad over the years. The former FC Platinum, Dynamos, ZPC Kariba and CAPS United player, at 23, possesses great potential if his form with the Green Machine in the second half of last season is anything to go by.
The midfielder has also played in Slovakia and Tanzania. He is a player who can keep defenders busy if he is given the free role as was the case with CAPS last season.
And just like Jaure, Mutasa is a top signing for Luke Masomere and will definitely be an impact player for Manica Diamonds.
Mpelele might not be regarded as a fancy signing after he was released by Harare City as they prepare for the new season.
This means the defender, who was not a regular starter at Sunshine Boys found solace at Manica Diamonds.
And it will be like asking for a miracle for someone who was offloaded to bring the needed contribution at the Luke Masomere-coached side.
He is, however, one of those players, who can post good performance on his good day.
The former Hwange man is an average signing overall.
The youthful goalkeeper joins Manica Diamonds from Black Rhinos where he had a not so impressive season.
The shot-stopper was once within the Dynamos setup where he was a second sometimes third choice.
He is, however, well-travelled having also played for Lowveld side Triangle and his experience might be something that Luke Masomere was looking for.
At the Gems Boys, he joins Jorum Muchambo who guarded the newcomers’ goal last season in Division One.
Generally, he is just an ordinary signing.
The other new signings Last Jesi, Timothy Gilbert, Tafadzwa Phiri and Tendai Mukoni will have to prove their mettle in the coming season as they are not documented.