Majabvi career in limbo


For the once much revered Dynamos midfielder, Justice Majabvi, football is fast disappearing from the horizon.

His career which hit great heights following his well-publicised move to Austrian side AK Linz in 2009, is fast becoming a nightmare.

It is almost two months now since the gritty midfielder was released from his contract with the European club and his football fortunes seem to be deteriorating further.

Majabvi has tried his luck with numerous South African clubs such as Kaizer Chiefs, Bidvest Wits and Bloemfontein Celtic in recent weeks, but nothing appears to be giving.

The talented midfielder is grounded in the capital and his hope of joining a club abroad is becoming incresingly remote with each passing minute.

His manager Gibson Mahachi was all over the show in the last few weeks telling everybody who cared to listen that the player is on the radar of at least three clubs and a possible return to Austria.

Mahachi was quoted in the Press saying Egyptian giants Zamalek were also keeping tabs on the player, but it seems nothing of that sort is happening.

Yesterday, he maintained the same stance telling NewsDay Sport that he was on the verge of clinching a deal with a foreign club.

“Nothing has been finalised as yet, but something can come up in a few days. Like I said before, I’m talking to three clubs and one of them has shown a great interest in the player. I cannot reveal the name of the club at the moment as that might complicate negotiations,” said Mahachi.

Majabvi’s other manager, Gavin Mkandla, was widely quoted in the Press last week claiming a top Australian club, Gold Coast, had contacted him inquiring about Majabvi. No further information has been heard concerning this move since.

However, sources close to Majabvi told this newspaper that the player is frustrated with his managers’ flip-flopping antics and is even contemplating quitting soccer to pursue education.

“Majabvi is so frustrated with his manager. If he doesn’t get things working, I can see him quitting soccer for education. He is just fed up with all these stories being carried out in the newspapers about his next move which will never materialise. To put it simply, there is nothing coming up and he is seriously fed up,” said the source.

A family member told NewsDay Sport : “I don’t know about this Mkandla guy. The only manager for Majabvi I know is Mahachi, who has totally failed him. He must own up and do something or else he must release Justice from that crazy contract.

Managers take advantage of young players and make them sign some crazy contracts. The whole thing is depressing him. He is a family man and needs to put food on the table,” said the source.

Mahachi said: “People can say whatever they want, but I don’t have a problem with the player. Our relationship is professional and he understands the situation.”

Majabvi’s inactivity has cost him a place in the senior national team. He was part of coach Norman Mapeza’s team that shocked Mali 2-1 at Rufaro in a Group A African Cup of Nations qualifier in July, but was dropped for the Liberia match earlier this month.

Mapeza has once again overlooked the player in the Warriors squad he named last Monday for the crucial trip away to Cape Verde early next month.

At 28, Majabvi like most players, should be reaching the peak of his career, especially after the experience he gained in Europe, but strikingly, he seems to be heading towards the twilight zone.