Highlanders coach gives up on signing long-term target Obriel Chirinda

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Highlanders coach Baltemar Brito has admitted that it is now impossible for his club to lure in-form Bulawayo Chiefs striker Obriel Chirinda to Bosso.

The Portuguese coach has accused the Highlanders leadership of reacting to rumours and ultimately pulling the plug on the Chirinda deal earlier in July.

“In the beginning of this month, we were close to bringing him but some bad information emerged.

“Whether it’s true or not we don’t know. The leaders in the club listened to these people and they did not bring the player,” Brito said.

A long term admirer of Chirinda, Brito believes that the striker’s five goals in the last 2 games under new coach Joseph Sibindi have further reduced Bosso’s chances of luring the striker in the mid season transfer window.

“We have seen that they (Bulawayo Chiefs) have changed their coach and the player has started to score. As such, bringing in him becomes harder because they have goals,” Brito added.

Brito can now only watch from a distance with envy of the striker’s current form and regret that his own strikers combined can’t get even close.

Highlanders have scored a paltry 13 goals in the first 15 games of the 2023 season while Chirinda alone has scored seven.

Predictably, Chirinda’s Bulawayo Chiefs is the highest scoring team in the league at the moment with 21 goals.

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