2 December 2016
NGEZI Platinum coach Tonderai Ndiraya is hoping they will be successful in their bid to re-negotiate for the services of skipper Liberty Chakoroma ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup campaign.
Chakoroma, who is part of the eleven Castle Lager Soccer Stars finalists, had a one year contract at Ngezi Platinum and reverts back to his employers Buffaloes by end of December.
The utility man was one of the key players at Ngezi as they won the Chibuku super cup and finished the league race among the top eight.
“Liberty was a very important player for us this season and he is one of the reasons why we won the Chibuku Super Cup and managed to get position seven.
“We have recommended to the management that we get him back to be part of the squad next year and we are still waiting for a response,” said Ndiraya.
Chakoroma, who almost joined Dynamos at the beginning of the 2016 season coming back from South Africa, was captain under Ndiraya and played an important role as they successfully fought relegation.
They became a force to reckon with in the second half of the season.
After they won the Chibuku Super Cup, the player told H-Metro that he is aiming to play well and attract interests from foreign clubs again.
Tonight he will be crowned one of the best eleven in the local league at a ceremony to be held in Harare.
“I think the fact that he is part of the best eleven players goes to show how important he is as a player. There is no doubt when it comes to his quality,” Ndiraya said.
Apart from negotiating for the release of Chakoroma, Ngezi Platinum are also keen on strengthening their squad for CAF Confed.
Ndiraya however did not reveal some of the players that they are negotiating with.
“On paper we have the squad that we want. But we can’t give you the names of players that we are negotiating with until everything has been concluded.
“But 80 percent of the players we already have. We have confidence in the players that we already have and we just need to strengthen all departments with a few faces.
“It is important to go into next season with the core of the squad so as not to disturb the momentum that we built towards the end of the season,” Ndiraya said.