Meleka, Lofetso head to Russia


Two more Zimbabwean players Mthulisi Lofetso and Elvis Meleka could follow former Warriors striker Musa Mguni by breaking into the Russian top-flight football league, after the duo were invited for trials in the Eastern European country.

Lofetso, a teenage midfielder who plays in South Africa for SuperSport United/Tottenham Hotspur Academy, left South Africa in December and is reported to have signed for the reserves of Russian Premier League side Krylia Sovetov Samara.

The Krylia Sovetov reserve team plies its trade in the Russian Second Division.

Sources at SuperSport told NewsDay Sport that Lofetso, who hails from Bulawayo, was coached by former Warriors defender Kaitano Tembo at the academy before he impressed the Russians.

Mthulisi was signed by Krylia Sovetov, but to the reserve side which plays in a league one tier behind the Premier League. He went there in December and he impressed during trials. It shows he is a good player and hopefully he will continue playing well and break into the first team, said the sources.

Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana central defender Matthew Booth spent the larger part of his career in Europe turning out for Sovetov where he was once team captain. Ghanaians Baba Adamu and Laryea Kingston were also previously on the books of Sovetov.

Meanwhile, according to media reports in Botswana, Mochudi Centre Chiefs midfielder Elvis Meleka is reported to have jetted out of Botswana last Tuesday for trials at an unnamed Russian club.

Glamour Sports International through its director, Comfort Ramatebele, a Tswana football agent, orchestrated the trial move for the quartet.

Glamour Sports International is starting to make inroads in the business of player agency. Botswanas only accredited Fifa agency Comfort Ramatebele, the company director, jetted out of the country today (Tuesday) with a batch of players destined for Russia where they will be involved in trials, reported the Botswana Gazette last week.

The players include former Zebras midfield dynamo, Dirang Moloi, who is currently unattached.

Other players that will be going to Russia are Mochudi Centre Chiefs duo of Elvis Meleka and Lesego Galenamotlhale as well as Sharps Electrical goalkeeper Richard Musheke, it wrote.

If Lofetso and Meleka, formerly of Gunners, impress, they will join former Motor Action gangly striker Musa Mguni, who turns out for Terek Grozny in the Russian Premier League.