D1 sides jostle for Hardrock players


…as seasonal break begins

…first-tier coaches now frequenting Hardrock matches


KWEKWE– Ambitious ZIFA Midlands Region Division 2B side, Hardrock FC, will have to keep their eyes wide open during this seasonal break as most first-tier teams from the relatively competitive Central Soccer League (CRSL) Division One are reportedly jostling for the signatures of players from the high-riding Kwekwe-based side.

Information reaching our SPORTS DESK indicates that moneyed CRSL pacesetters, Sheasham FC are working flat out to ensure that they snatch unheralded Hardrock enterprising attacking midfielder Carlton Choga, whose dribbling wizardry has charmed many who have watched him play. The dreadlocked Choga, is also reportedly eyed by a number of unnamed sides from other Division One sides across the country.

Defunct Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Njube Sundowns’ former player and Hardrock vice captain, Ackim Dzimbiri is largely understood to be on the radar of power utility side, ZPC Munyati who are reportedly keen on signing the rejuvenated midfielder.

We are also reliably informed that a considerable number of players from the Shephered ‘Magodora’ Chahwanda-owned side are being chased by a number of teams plying their trade in the CRSL.

“Something has to be done by the executive during this break because most D1 teams who will be seeking to strengthen their sides are targeting Hardrock players”, a source who spoke to midlandsnews said.

“Quite a number of them; totaling to around six or seven are being targeted, including Carlie (Choga) who has been one of the star performers during the first half of the season”, said the source.

“If you would have noticed during the past three-to-four weeks; most coaches from Division One have been attending Hardrock matches. It all depends on whether, or not, the targeted players will be offered lucrative deals at the teams chasing them during the break”, added the source.

The Kenneth Chembe-coached side started the season on a high, and is currently perched at the apex of the ten-team log with 24 points, two ahead of second-placed Hurricane FC (formerly Tongogara), who have a game in hand.

Efforts to get a comment from the club’s organizing secretary Itai Munyanyi proved fruitless during the time of publishing.

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