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Caps bid for Malajila


Caps United have renewed their bid to lure Chapungu United striker Cuthbert Malajila but will have to fend off stiff competition from South African side Maritzburg United who are reportedly interested in the player after he impressed during trials recently.
But the greatest stumbling block for Caps is that Malajila maintains he wants to play for Dynamos and not the Green Machine.
Chapungu director of sports, Nisbert Chasakara yesterday said they have not received any firm offer for the sharp-shooter but were ready to listen to any offers.
“We are prepared to talk to any club who may want the player. Caps are still to contact us as well as Maritzburg of South Africa. We are prepared to release the player,” said Chasakara.
A source at Caps said: “We want the player but the problem is that the player is saying he wants to play for Dynamos. We will try our level best to bring the player to Caps but that will largely depend on the player himself.”
Malajila’s agent Gibson Mahachi said Maritzburg had told him that they were impressed by the player when he went for trials two weeks ago.
“As far as I’m concerned the Maritzburg deal is still on. They want the player but they are still to thrash out certain issues with his club Chapungu.
“As for Caps, I’m hearing it for the first time that they have relaunched their bid for the player,” said Mahachi who accompanied Malajila to Pietermaritzburg for his trials.
Initially, Malajila had been touted to join Sunday Chidzambwa’s Free State Stars but the former national team coach dismissed the talk.
Efforts to get a comment from Malajila were fruitless yesterday.Chasakara recently wrote an emotional letter to the Zimbabwe Football Association complaining that the football governing body was treating Dynamos with kid gloves over Malajila.
He said: “Dynamos are behaving like characters in Animal Farm where some animals are more equal than others and as a result we (Air Force of Zimbabwe) are permanently withdrawing Malajila. We have cancelled the deal with Dynamos (over Malajila). Dynamos have been acting in bad faith. The club failed to honour the June 30 deadline to pay for the player.”
Before the away Champions League match against Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) side FC Lupopo on March 31, Malajila was ejected from the Dynamos camp by military police at Raylton Sports Club.
Dynamos managed to negotiate with Chapungu and Malajila was released and followed on another flight to the DRC. He scored in the 1-0 win over Lupopo.
Malajila was then barred from featuring in the return match on April 4.
Malajila was again barred from playing in the match against Botswana’s Gaborone United on April 24 at the National Sports Stadium. However, Dynamos managed to secure the player from Chapungu for their away match on May 8.
Against TP Mazembe last Sunday, the striker had also been barred from playing but a last minute deal was clinched for him to feature although he did not perform well in the 2-0 loss.
His on and off deals with Dynamos have affected his play and the sooner he finds himself a permanent deal, the better for his club career and international future.

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