Nkhatha headache for Dembare

Nkhatha headache for Dembare
Published: 07 September 2018 (418 Views)
DYNAMOS striker Kingstone Nkhatha is yet to receive his registration papers to enable him to feature in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, making him a major doubt for the blockbuster clash against Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

Club manager Richard Chihoro said the striker, who joined from SuperSport over a month ago, had by yesterday not received the international transfer clearance from the South African Football Association to be eligible to play at the weekend

"We have been waiting for the documents since Monday, but nothing has come through. We are keeping our fingers crossed, and we hope the papers will be here before our next league match," he said.

Nkhatha joined the Harare giants as a free agent, but his clearance papers from his former club arrived after closure of the transfer window on July 31.

According to the rules governing player transfers, in particular free agents as is the case with Nkhatha, a player can only be eligible to play after a lapse of a 30-day period if his clearance from his former club comes when the transfer window has shut.

Reasons for the hold-up were not clear, but the DeMbare bench has been preparing for the match with Nkhatha in mind, and assistant coach Joseph Takaringofa, who will hold fort in the absence of head coach Lloyd Mutasa who is away with the national team, is confident that the big striker will be available.

"It's a big boost for us, he is an experienced player and he is going to give us some goals," Takaringofa said.

While Nkhatha is doubtful, there is no such uncertainty on the availability of defender Marshall Machazane, who will certainly miss the trip due to suspension.

The two teams will be fighting for scraps as they are already out of the title race, but Takaringofa reckons that this clash retains its allure of the past.

"We are both not fighting for the title, but it remains a very big match, if not the biggest in the league calendar.

Whether it's a friendly match or not, a match between Highlanders and Dynamos remains a very important one for the two teams. It's an opportunity for players to make a name for themselves. These are the kinds of matches that build profiles for players," the DeMbare assistant mentor said.

"Beating Highlanders means a lot, if not everything for us. There is a lot at stake. Besides the three points, there are also bragging rights to play for. It's a grudge match, and the tension in the field of play and even on the stands would be massive. We have been reminding the players all that this week, and they are well aware of it."

Highlanders have been on a rebuilding exercise under Madinda Ndlovu this term, who has introduced young blood in the squad.

As expected, the inexperienced squad has been blowing hot and cold this season.

"They have a youthful squad this season, but that makes them even more dangerous. Those youngsters have a point to prove, so we will treat them the same way that we would have approached any other Highlanders squad. We are going there to collect three points, to compete and give our best," Takaringofa said.

The two teams are going into the match on the back of contrasting fortunes.

Dynamos will be high on confidence as they are unbeaten in the last three matches, winning two, while Highlanders are winless in the last three games, losing two.

- newsday

Tags: Nkhatha, Dembare, Bosso,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

EFF calls for removal of Die Stem, apartheid statues

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 120 Views

Zimbabwe to purchase smaller Embraer aircraft

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 154 Views

Removal of Old Mutual shares begin after a 2 week suspension

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 113 Views

BREAKING: Kasukuwere arrested

by Staff rpeorter | 25 September 2018 | 185 Views

Mnangagwa revisits his nearly fatal ice cream poisoning

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 134 Views

Spike in jail escapes

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 99 Views

Mnangagwa's govt not yet ready to devolve power

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 85 Views

#Tajamuka leader freed on bail

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 79 Views

Why push Zimbabwe schools into gay agendas?

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 80 Views

Mnangagwa tells the world he is his own man

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 104 Views

Dembare dump blue strip

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 49 Views

Sangoma vanishes after patient's death

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 112 Views

6 die in kombi crash

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 76 Views

Used car imports surge 40%

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 92 Views

Zanu-PF councillors suspended

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 97 Views

Mnangagwa, the broken window philosophy

by Nick Mangwana | 25 September 2018 | 77 Views

Gwanda to host Zanu-PF's December conference

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 67 Views

Bosso fringe players get chance

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 59 Views

Mthuli Ncube to appoint international advisory board

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 85 Views

2 more die at Intercape crash site

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 47 Views

Bulawayo man 'commits' suicide

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 41 Views

Famous Bishop stranded on tree for 6 hours after car crash

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 36 Views

Fuel situation improves

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 33 Views

Mnangagwa looking into diaspora vote logistics

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 30 Views

Kasukuwere spend night in cells

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 88 Views

Mnangagwa dismisses debt trap fears

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 31 Views

Zimbabwe's per capita income rises 60%

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 33 Views

'Strong US$ bad for Zimbabwe,' says Mthuli Ncube

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 43 Views

Zimbabwe young innovators invited to design education solutions

by Staff reporter | 25 September 2018 | 32 Views

Row over new Harare roundabout

by Staff reporter | 24 September 2018 | 354 Views

Mnangagwa went to hell and came back

by Staff reporter | 24 September 2018 | 325 Views

26 UK doctors jet in for exchange programme

by Staff reporter | 24 September 2018 | 188 Views

Churches back ED on Chamisa

by Jasper Hloka | 24 September 2018 | 290 Views

Mnangagwa's plea to Zimbabwean Diasporans 'Join Vision 2030'

by Staff reporter | 24 September 2018 | 148 Views

Mnangagwa's Chief Secretary sucked into fraud storm

by Staff reporter | 24 September 2018 | 224 Views

Chamisa mayor endorses Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 24 September 2018 | 147 Views

Chebundo vs Matambanadzo court appeal set for Tuesday

by Staff reporter | 24 September 2018 | 99 Views

'Mugabe death' pastor to resume church services

by Staff reporter | 24 September 2018 | 117 Views