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Chikwaikwai career on the downturn


Former Zimbabwe Soccer Star of the Year and Golden Boot winner Evans Chikwaikwai’s career is hitting the hard times at South African Premiership side Bidvest Wits.

He moved from Njube Sundowns in July 2008, but immediately battled with injury and was loaned out to Liga Muculmana of Mozambique for six months.

He had played just six games without scoring.
He has returned from the successful loan spell where he had scored nine goals in 13 matches, but found that Wits had exhausted their foreign quota.

“I am training with Wits because my loan deal in Mozambique has expired. The initial plan was to extend the loan with Muculmana, but I missed the transfer re-registration after my papers arrived late. “I was playing well and enjoying my game in Mozambique. I will now have to wait and see what happens from here because I want to play,” Chikwaikwai said.

Chikwaikwai arrived at Wits having top scored in the Premier Soccer League with 23 goals the previous season.

His agent Gibson Mahachi is working on a deal to get the player to local side Highlanders for the rest of the year before the transfer window re-opens in January.

Meanwhile, Former Free State Stars coach Sunday Chidzambwa has dismissed suggestions that he resigned from the Ea Lla Koto due to interference from club management.

Chidzambwa and Stars shocked the local football fraternity yesterday when they terminated their relationship with the former citing personal problems as reasons for leaving the Bethlehem-based club.

Ea Lla Koto have since recalled Steve Komphela to lead the team as head coach for the remainder of this season.

Speaking to last night, the former Zimbabwean national team coach said he enjoyed a good relationship with Free State Stars management, including club owner Mike Mokoena.

“There was no form of interference and I always enjoyed a good relationship with the club management. It even took a lot of effort to convince the club owner to release me from my contract but there are pressing personal matters that I have to attend to back home in Zimbabwe.

“I have left Free State Stars in good faith and am grateful for the chance that the club afforded me to coach in South Africa.”

Chidzambwa has, however, not ruled out the possibility of returning to coach in South Africa this season.

“I like the country, the standard of football is high and the league is very competitive.

“I would not mind returning back to the country if I get another offer, but that can only happen in December after I have sorted out my personal problems in Zimbabwe,” he said.

The former Free State Stars coach said he would be leaving the country either tomorrow or Thursday.

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