Dynamos’ target, Motor Action midfielder and Soccer Star of the Year finalist Allan Gahadzikwa, says he will only consider a move to a local club if he fails to land a deal in South Africa.
The hardworking midfielder is arguably one of the hottest properties on the transfer market and since the end of the season there have been numerous reports linking him to champions Dynamos and FC Platinum.
Gahadzikwa, however, squashed the reports maintaining that he was eyeing a move to the Absa Premiership.
This is despite the fact that he together with his teammate at Motor Action Masimba Mambare featured for FC Platinum during a pre-season friendly match against Bantu Rovers over the weekend.
Platinum, like Dynamos are looking to strengthen their midfield department for their Caf Champions League campaign.
The presence of the stylish midfielder at Mandava Stadium over the weekend is believed to have strengthened Dynamos’ resolve to sign the player as they are also looking to fill the void which has been left by Archford Gutu, who played his last match for the Harare giants in the Mbada Diamond Cup final.
“A lot of people have been saying whatever they want regarding my future with some saying I want to move to Dynamos while others are linking me with FC Platinum.
“However, the correct position is that no local team has formally approached me, but even if they do, my main target at the moment is to break into the South African Premiership and everything else can come later.
“I feel I’m on top of my game and this would be the ideal time for a different challenge and like every player my dream is to play in Europe.
At the moment, a couple of South African teams have made some enquiries about me and hopefully a move will materialise,” said Gahadzikwa.
Although the player was keeping his cards close to his chest when asked about the names of the South African clubs, sources close to the player told NewsDay Sport that Golden Arrows and Santos are in the frame for a potential move.
The two clubs, which are based in Durban and Cape Town respectively, are believed to have made enquiries about the player although neither of two has actually made an offer yet.
Despite Motor Action’s failure to retain their PSL title Gahadzikwa was one of the standout performers for the Mighty Bulls with some consistent performances in their midfield which led to his selection among the 11 Castle Lager PSL Footballer of the Year finalists.
He also scored the only goal in the final of the BancABC Sup8r Cup against Highlanders to give the Mighty Bulls their only major silverware for this season.
Gahadzikwa went on to be adjudged as the player of the tournament for the season ending Mbada Diamonds Cup despite his team’s loss to Dynamos in the final.
The skilful midfielder finished the cup tournament with two goals.
Dynamos secretary Nyika Chifamba, who returned to the country yesterday from a scouting mission in Zambia, could neither confirm nor deny that the Harare giants had made an offer for Gahadzikwa.
“I’m not aware of what has been happening at the club. I have just arrived from Zambia and I’m yet to get an update from my colleagues on the progress that has been made with regards to transfers, but it’s no secret that we are looking to strengthen the team for the Champions League,” said Chifamba.
Chifamba was also tight-lipped when asked whether they had identified any Zambian players insisting that nothing had been concluded yet.
Unlike in previous years when Dynamos were plagued by perennial financial challenges, the Harare giants look to be in a sound financial state.
Pan-African financial institution BancABC Bank, who are the club’s official sponsors recently, unveiled a $165 000 sponsorship package that will cater for all the team’s travelling costs and allowances for players.
In addition, the bank also committed itself to providing kits that will be used by the team in the Champions League campaign.