Fungayi Munyoro Sports Correspondent
FORMER PSL team Mutare City Rovers have begun their 2019 pre-season training without all the players that were at the club last season.
From 34 Premier League matches Gusha Bhora registered six wins, 11 draws and lost 20 matches.
They were relegated with three more matches remaining. Gusha Bhora has lost all their 2018 players to other clubs and coach Ndega Matsika has to build a new team.
Matsika said the trials are ongoing at Showground.
“We started holding trials on Monday last week. We started on a low note but by Wednesday there was a fair turn out from the local players. So far none from our 2018 squad has turned up. It is open to all players as we are trying to build a good squad for the 2019 season.
“We will continue with our trials as we are aiming at assembling a strong team before the season kicks off. We call upon players to come in their numbers and try their luck with us.
“Right now the club does not have enough funds to buy big names and that is why we have opted for an open trial session,” said Matsika.
The former Mighty Warriors gaffer said he is hoping to build a much stronger side and improve the chances of gaining promotion.
“I believe we have learnt some lessons from our previous experiences in the Premier League but what I can say is that we now know the terrain better than we did last season. My hope is to build a strong formidable side that will gain promotion by the end of the season,” said Matsika.
Meanwhile Tenax FC begun their 2019 Zifa Eastern Region Division One offseason preparations on Monday.
The club’s secretary general Elisha Chirashanye said they would hold trials later on.
“We started our training on Monday. We are happy that we have our full squad except for Nyasha Chintuli who joined Triangle FC. We are waiting for the technical team to give us feedback on the departments that need beefing up then we will do the trials,” he said.