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CHEGUTU Pirates’ woes continue to mount as they suffered another defeat at the hands of Lake Harvest over the weekend on the back of a massive player exodus that has left their side severely weakened.

Pirates fielded a depleted squad made up of junior players after a number of senior players left the club for greener pastures.

The team has been struggling financially for sometime now which has led to some senior players like Davis Mwanza, Tofirei Sambo, Elton Mudzami, Peter Kajeke and Hector Kapora to leave.

Chegutu Pirates team manager Emmanuel Gutu said they were in the process of registering new players.

“We are on a recruitment drive. We have two players we registered last week who played in Kariba. We are hoping to register the other six by the end of this week.

“Eight players have left and obviously it’s over the issues of money. Basically, the people we signed are youngsters from academies so we want them to mix with the older guys,” said Gutu.

Chegutu coach, Gipter Raiva, said he had to travel with six senior players for their game against Lake Harvest following the exodus.

“Things so far are going on well but results are not coming. Like this past week I had to travel with six senior guys and the rest were youngsters we took from school.

“So those are the young players we are starting to build our team from.

“Most players left for greener pastures. It’s a big challenge but all in all I have one belief, we won’t be relegated from Division One. It can’t happen.

“We will build with the youngsters we have. We are looking at the situation and we are saying let’s give them three to four games.

“It’s difficult but we won’t be relegated, we have to start getting points from our game against Royal Classic, then Commando. We hope to get six points,” said Raiva.

The situation is also not looking good for Royal Classic who lost to Gunners 0-3 at Tsungubvi as they are now deep in the relegation zone, sitting at the bottom of the table with just six points from two wins.

They have lost 13 matches. Royal Classic have scored just eight goals against 40 conceded and with the confusion rocking the club, it’s all looking gloomy for the team.

Source : The Herald