Zimbabwean international striker Cuthbert Malajila has become the first player to join a Tunisian soccer club when he finally completed his long-anticipated move away from Dynamos when he signed for Club Africain on Monday.
Malajila’s manager Gibson Mahachi could neither deny nor confirm that his client had made the switch to Tunisia and referred all questions to his original club Chapungu.
“I am not qualified to comment on the deal because the player in question belongs to Chapungu. The best person who can comment on the issue is Nesbert Chasakara. He should be in a better position to shed more light on the issue,” said Mahachi.
Chasakara, the director of sports at the Air Force of Zimbabwe club, who are the employers of Malajila, could not be reached for comment as he was said to be at his farm somewhere in Manicaland and his mobile phone was not reachable.
However, Club Africain’s official website (www.clubafricain.com) confirmed yesterday that Malajila had signed a three-year contract with them, which means he will be at the club until August 2013.
“The Zimbabwean international striker and Dynamos Football Club’s Cuthbert Malajila (born 1985) has signed a 3-year professional contract for the benefit of Club African,” reads the statement on the website.
His move signals an end to the protracted transfer wrangle between his former employers Chapungu who accused Dynamos of fielding the player even when his loan deal had already expired.
The row had threatened to put Malajila’s career to a halt as he remained adamant that he wanted to play for Dynamos while his employers (Chapungu) claimed that Dynamos had no basis to field him.
When Malajila jetted out of the country last week, it was expected that the free-scoring striker would join the trek to South Africa.
Malajila becomes the second Zimbabwean player to feature for a North African side after Quincy Antipas played in Morocco before he left for Denmark.
Malajila, who was last season’s Soccer Star of the Year runner-up, has established a reputation for himself in the local Premiership as a dangerous marksman since his days at former topflight side Chapungu.