Snodia Mikiri, Sports Reporter
YADAH have been hit by an exodus of players with the bulk of players on their way out.
However, it is understood that Prophet Walter Magaya wants to work with a youthful side this coming season as he had problems with the older players last season.
At one stage Prophet Magaya told his congregation that some players in the team were fixing matches.
H-Metro can exclusively reveal that veteran striker Ralph Matema is on his way to Triangle.
Enoch Karembo has joined CAPS United while Byron Madzokere is said to have agreed terms with Absa Premiership side Free State Stars.
Honey Chimutimunzeve is heading back to Division One where he will be joining Simba Stars.
The trio of Leeroy Mavunga, Paddy Nyamakura and Nkosi Mhlanga have joined CAPS United, Chicken Inn and Dynamos respectively.
Zvikomborero Bizeki and all the goalkeepers (Issa Ali and Bekhimpilo Ncube) are all also on their way out – with Bizeki being linked to the top teams.
Coach Genesis Mangombe said his plan is to build a youthful squad.
“We are on a drive to have a team with pace. We want the youthful players. No more to these heralded players.
“We released many players as a way to pave way for the youngsters, this year it’s about building a youthful side not to recycle old horses.
“We need fresh horses, young and energetic. We will be relying on speed and intensity. The team’s president believes the right way to go is the youth,” said Mangombe.
Yadah have begun trials to scout talent as they are looking for young talent.
Mangombe said they are taking players from academies, junior teams and schools.
However, Mangombe said he will also miss some of his trusted players.
“At times you miss these players. I had a good working relationship with Matema.
“At times experience is needed, players have to bring a little bit of knowledge on the table, which is the advantage of working with the seasoned players.
“We will miss their services because as a coach you need players that you know they will give you results,” added Mangombe.
Johannes Sibanda, Godknows Mangani, Sidney Linyama and Johanna Chitereke are some of the senior players Mangombe is likely to retain to help the youngsters.