‘Amidu’s chances 50-50’

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Black Mambas forward Abbas Amidu’s chances of signing for South African glamour club Kaizer Chiefs are 50-50, says his manager Edzai Kasinauyo.

Kasinauyo told NewsDay Sport yesterday that while nothing has been concluded, negotiations were on and he could fly back to Johannesburg to seal the deal.

Amidu, one of the Footballer of the Year finalists, also had trials with Ajax Cape Town and although he reportedly impressed, no deal was signed.

The 21-year-old impressed AmaKhosi coach Vladimir Vermezovic during a two-week trial with the club in December and Chiefs were said to be ready to make their move in the January transfer window.

Chiefs have five Zimbabweans on their books, veteran midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha, defenders Thomas Sweswe, Lincoln Zvasiya, Zhaimu Jambo and midfielder Willard Katsande. Nengomasha now has South African permanent residence and is registered as a local, opening up a slot for another foreigner.

Most Zimbabweans have found refuge in the cash-rich South African league as they have failed to make headway in Europe with Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns having a total of 10 players between them.

Sundowns are home to former Warriors captain Esrom Nyandoro, current skipper Method Mwanjali, strikers Nyasha Mushekwi and Simba Sithole and midfielder Lionel Mtizwa.

Sundowns, Black Leopards, Caps United and Dynamos will meet in a four-team invitational tourney at the end of January.