HIGHLANDERS chief executive officer Nhlanhla Dube has insisted that want-away goalkeeper and captain Ariel
“Mangoye” Sibanda is still their player and they will always cherish the relationship they have with the shot-stopper.
In mid-August, Sibanda posted on his Facebook account that he was leaving the Bulawayo giants, a club that he has served for 13 years.
“I feel very sad as I have to leave a club that I love. I would have loved to say goodbye to a fully packed BF (Barbourfields Stadium), but I am grateful to everyone who loved and supported me during my 13 years with the club. I wish the team a very good season when the league resumes,” posted Sibanda.
However, the head of Bosso secretariat maintained that: “Our players and staff are important to us.
The Ariel Sibanda case is an internal process. I mean we have a lot of internal conversations. There are a lot of reasons behind that and our response is always that we speak to the person in question.
“Here there are issues and sometimes it is not like you have seen it in space for various reasons. I think for confidentiality and all fairness we will not further comment on that save to say Ariel is still our player and captain.
He is a player that has dedicated himself to Highlanders and he is very well respected and we keep that mutual respect.”
Word doing rounds is to the effect that the veteran goal minder is on the verge of joining ambitious Bulawayo Chiefs.
Bosso players are reportedly an unhappy lot. The club’s players and the technical team last received their salaries in May.
The players have embarked on an industrial action twice this year, the first during the Chibuku Super Cup when they refused to train and the recent being a sit-in at the club offices where they sought audience with chairman Johnfat Sibanda, but in vain.