HIGHLANDERS Football club are making frantic efforts to hand chief striker Knox Mutizwa a contract extension before the expiry of his current contract on December 31.
This was revealed by Highlanders chairman Peter Dube on Thursday during a press conference which saw Bongani Mafu
parting ways with the club and the dramatic comeback of veteran coach Cosmas “Tsano” Zulu.
Dube said the club was aware that the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League leading scorer’s contract would be running out at the end of the year, but said he would not like to lose the Young Warriors striker who is reportedly eyeing
a move to an unnamed club in Sweden.
“All efforts will be made to try and entice him to stay,” Dube said. However, the fact that Bosso still owe the striker an undisclosed amount of money from his signing-on fees could be a stumbling block.
Recently, Bosso failed to tie down striker Ozias Zibande who has since joined Botswana’s Gaborone United after the leadership allowed his contract to run out without any efforts to extend it.
Some of the players that left the club recently with the club getting virtually nothing from their transfers are Milton Ncube, who joined South Africa’s Absa Premier Soccer League side Ajax Cape Town at the beginning of
last year, and Peter “Rio” Moyo who is at First National Division outfit Witbank Spurs after failing to make the grade at Mpumalanga Black Aces.
However, the Bulawayo giants last year sold Khumbulani Banda to Maritzburg United and Cleopas Dube to Witbank Spurs with the latest player to make a move being striker Thomas Chideu who recently joined Ncube at Ajax Cape Town.
Mutizwa has struck a remarkable combination with veteran striker Obadiah Tarumbwa at Highlanders which has seen him
score 10 goals with his last being a hat trick in a league match when Highlanders hammered How Mine 5-1 at Barbourfields.
Dube credited Mutizwa’s scoring prowess to former coach Bongani Mafu — who was fired on Thursday — with the striker saying his biggest influence has been Tarumbwa.
He missed Bosso’s last match against Chicken Inn at BF due to a suspension and makes a return in Highlanders’ next assignment against Harare City away in the capital.