20 December 2016
NGEZI Platinum have admitted facing difficult times in trying to sign players they want in the market.
They are however, determined to complete the process by next week.
The Chibuku Super Cup champions now have 12 days left to register their CAF Confederation Cup squad.
Any registration after December 31 will attract a penalty and chairman Jeremiah Gasiteni said they cannot afford to worst resources that way.
“We are hoping to seal all the deals by next week and register before the 31st. It has not been easy for us in the transfer market, especially when players are assuming you have a lot of money. But we have to push and I’m sure we are on the right track,” Gasiteni told H-Metro.
Ngezi Platinum have had to compete with CAPS United, FC Platinum and ZPC Kariba in the transfer market.
With the club mostly targeting players that are free agents, it meant that they have been clashing on the same players with fellow Premiership teams.
CAPS United are assembling a team for the CAF Champions league while FC Platinum and ZPC Kariba have been early birds in the transfer market.
“We have been pushing. We cannot reveal the names of the players that we have been negotiating with as of now but I’m sure by next week, everything will be in place,” the Ngezi Platinum boss added.
The situation has not been made any better by the fact that their coach Tonderai Ndiraya has been out of the country for the past week.
That has meant the club’s administration trying to push for deals to sail through without the help of the coach who wants the players.
H-Metro understands that Ngezi Platinum have been linked with left back players Qadr Amini and Ocean Mushure. They have also been linked with the signature of Tendai Samanja, who is out of contract at Harare City.
“All I can say is that all in all, we will not add more than five players to the squad that we have.
“We have managed to retain the services of Liberty Chakoroma but negotiations with Buffaloes are still to be finalised. We are trying to get him on a permanent basis but we are yet to finalise that,” he said.
Ngezi Platinum are also believed to be interested in making sure they get the services of CAPS United goalie Chris Mverechena who was on loan at Baobab for the second half of the season.
“We were sticking to the agreement that we had with CAPS United that after the loan deal he reverts to CAPS United. So we have no control on that one,” said Gasiteni.