By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Highlanders’ supporters on Tuesday morning woke up to astonishing news that goalkeeper and long serving player Ariel Sibanda had left the club.
The 32-year-old skipper made a surprise announcement on his official Facebook page, informing fans about his depature from Bosso.
“I feel very sad now as I have to leave the club that I love, I would have loved to say goodbye to a fully packed BF but I am grateful to everyone who loved and supported me during my 13 years with the club,” he said.
“I wish the team a very good season when the league resumes.”
The announcement left fans with unanswered questions with some wondering whether the it was a publicity stunt.
Reasons for Sibanda’s departure remain sketchy as efforts to get a comment from him were fruitless.
Sibanda’s situation is surrounded by assumptions and conspiracy theories.
Some fans say exit Bosso followed a recent financial feud between the club and the players over outstanding salaries.
But, others strongly believe that the 32 year old Warriors shot stopper has decided to join city rivals Bulawayo Chiefs.
The Ninjas are rumoured to be considering to offer the seasoned skipper a contract.
Efforts to get a comment from club’s spokesperson Thulani ‘Javas’ Sibanda were fruitless.
Bosso’ spokesperson Ronald Moyo said no official communication has taken place yet between the club and Sibanda.
“The club hasn’t received any form of communication from Ariel Sibanda or any of his representatives with regards to that subject,” Moyo said.
However, if the former Plumtree High School student, Sibanda has left Bosso, it could be a huge blow to their plans especially at a time when it is reported that the return of football in the country was imminent.
According to a number of media reports, the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) may consider bringing back football starting with the suspended Chibuku Super Cup then followed by the league.
The SRC is said to be demanding that when football returns players and officials are to remain in a bio-bubble environment until both the Chibuku cup and league come to an end.
A decision that may be expensive for local clubs as some are already struggling to pay salaries to players and staff.