Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
LOCAL Premiership sides Dynamos, CAPS United, FC Platinum and Ngezi Platinum have recruited a staggering fifty-three players combined, a development that has been received with mixed reaction.
The four teams, that have set themselves as title contenders, have brought more than 11 new players each within their ranks.
DeMbare have about fourteen new signings, CAPS are on sixteen, Ngezi brought twelve while FC Platinum have eleven.
Despite these huge figures, some of the clubs’ representatives told H-Metro that they still want to bring more players.
Some football analysts have questioned the wisdom behind the spending spree, which would see the teams fielding a significant number of new players.
Concerns have been raised if the players will have time to blend and produce the desired results with the 2020 season around the corner.
Some have, however, welcomed the move with DeMbare being singled out as a team that needed such.
Premier Soccer League spokesperson Kudzai Bare told H-Metro yesterday that fixtures will be released after the March 6 Annual General Meeting, which sets end of March as the start of the season period.
Highlanders and FC Platinum are set for a season opener in the Castle Challenge Cup on March 14.
Coaches and officials from the clubs that have brought many players believe they are making the right decisions.
Defending champions FC Platinum are among those spending big despite being dominant locally for three seasons now.
Coach Pieter de Jongh said there is nothing wrong with clubs strengthening their teams saying this will rather make the league competitive.
“We want two more signings and on clubs bringing a lot of players it’s good for the league and overall football in Zimbabwe.
“We are preparing and working hard at training to play with combination to bring more success,” said de Jongh.
Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya had made it clear last season, when he took over, that the whole group assembled by predecessor Lloyd Chigowe was poor.
He promised to make new signings though it now looks like a near complete overhaul following Chigowe’s footsteps when he assembled his ‘tigers’ last season.
At the look of things, Ndiraya’s first team in the coming season might have four or less players from last season.
DeMbare team manager Richard Chihoro believes bringing more players is ra positive development.
“We are working on instructions from the technical staff and we are not done, we will be done when the coach is content with what he has at his disposal.
“The team is in the right direction and good for the team,” he said.
Ngezi Platinum coach Rodwell Dhlakama told H-Metro recently that his new players are responding well and would be ready before the season opens.
He believes bringing in more players would do them good in the forthcoming season.
“We brought experience and the depth to the team. I am happy with the new players, they have responded well and are eager to do whatever it takes to meet the club’s target,” said Dhlakama.
CAPS United vice president Nhamo Tutisani said they are now focusing on commercialising which could have prompted a busy market.