Zimbabwe youth international Joel “Josta” Ngodzo has put an end to speculation over his soccer future by revealing that he has signed a three-year deal with cash-rich FC Platinum.
Ngodzo’s future had been the subject of much debate over the past few months, with Dynamos, Caps United and Motor Action all linked with a move for the former Highlanders’ rising sensation.
The rumours heightened after the 22-year-old player admitted his wish to play in the Caf Champions League.
But the midfielder, who was instrumental in Bosso’s late charge for the title last season, helping the club to a respectable third position on the final log standings, has signed a lucrative deal which will see him play for the Premiership newcomers until 2013.
“Yes, I can confirm that I have signed for Mimosa,” Ngodzo revealed to NewsDay Sport on Friday. “I signed the contract sometime earlier this month after the Vasco Da Gama move failed and I’m happy to join a very ambitious side like Mimosa (FC Platinum). They have a bright future and with the players I’m told they have signed I’m sure the team will go far. I want to help them win the league this season,” said Ngodzo.
Platinum, formerly Mimosa, have been splashing cash of late and are believed to have snapped up Norman Maroto, Charles Sibanda, Bheki Ncube, Zephaniah Ngodzo, Khumbulani Banda and Thabani Kamusoko.
Ngodzo refused to give away the details of his contract but sources told NewsDay Sport that the player signed a lucrative deal worth more than $40 000 and had already bought a house for his parents in the eastern suburbs of Bulawayo.
Josta said: “Soccer is my career and I have to go where there is money. Football has changed a lot and I can’t be playing for peanuts anymore. My family looks up to me and like any professional soccer player I have to earn a decent salary.”
He said he was heartbroken to leave his childhood club Highlanders.
“I grew up in Bulawayo and like every player from that side we always want to play for Bosso. Unfortunately, the club has failed to give me my salaries and my winning bonuses so I have to move on with my life. Let’s hope that things will normalise at the club and all the upcoming players will live their dreams of playing for Highlanders,” said Ngodzo.
The departure of Ngodzo will be bad news to the already beleaguered Highlanders team that has been recently hit by a player exodus.
Ngodzo’s brother Zephaniah has refused to renew his deal which expired in December last year, while Protasho Kabwe has already signed for Black Mambas.
Francis Kanda has crossed the great divide to join perennial rivals Dynamos although senior players Bekithemba Ndlovu, Mernard Mupera, Innocent Mapuranga and Gilbert Banda have vowed to stay put.