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Fulham want Mushekwi

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Big Mamelodi Sundowns and Warriors striker Nyasha Mushekwi is reportedly on the radar of English Premiership side Fulham.

Sources who confided to NewsDay Sport here confirmed Mushekwi was the target for the Craven Cottage side and the team had already approached his club, Sundowns.

Sundowns officials told me that Fulham want Mushekwi. Its not just Mushekwi who is being courted by English clubs at Sundowns. In fact, Sundowns face the prospect of losing two of their best strikers in Mushekwi and Katlego Mphela.

A top official at Sundowns said they are only prepared to release the two forwards if they get replacements. They are hunting for two quality strikers at the moment, said the source.

The source was speaking during the four-team invitational tournament held at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday. It featured Sundowns, Caps United of Zimbabwe, Limpopo-based side Black Leopards and Zambian outfit Power Dynamos.

Caps emerged victorious in both their matches against Sundowns and Leopards. They won both matches by a 1-0 scoreline.

Meanwhile, new Caps manager Sean Connor said he was impressed by his team.

He said: Honestly, I was impressed by the team performance. I think the pre-season preparations have been going on well for the past three weeks. The future looks bright, but we have to do a lot of work to get where we want.

You saw that we had two teams that played today (Sunday) and I must say both sets did themselves justice. With these kind of tournaments you will never go wrong. Im beginning to see some of the challenges that I will face when the season begins since it is my first time to coach in Africa.

Some of the players who shone for the Green Machine on Sunday were Tendai Samanja, Darryl Nyandoro, David Sengu and Asani Nhongo. Caps returned home yesterday.

Meanwhile, Meanwhile, Dynamos are set to lose yet another influential player after goalkeeper Washington Arubi left for trials at South African Absa Premiership side Platinum Stars yesterday afternoon.

Arubi was part of the Dynamos team that played Hwange at Barbourfields on Sunday in the Bob 88 Super Cup semi-final with the agile goalkeeper scoring the consolation goal in the 2-1 loss.

Sources close to the deal said it was highly likely Arubi would be offered a contract by the Phokeng-based club.

He boarded the 1400hrs plane from Bulawayo and will be at Platinum Stars for a week, said the source. He is starting trials tomorrow (today) and will be back next week, but it seems its just a formality because Platinum Stars have already made up their mind.

They were given videos of Arubi from last season, in the match against Kiglon and the Mbada Diamond Cup final against Motor Action. They have said they want to have a look at the player, but from what we have gathered they were very impressed by what they saw and are ready to sign him, said the source yesterday afternoon.

The former Lancashire Steel, Highlanders and Bantu Rovers goalkeeper yesterday confirmed he was in South Africa doing some personal business, but refused to disclose the nature of the business. The transfer window closes today at 5pm and it is likely he will have signed by then.

Platinum have four goalkeepers in their books Siyabonga Mpontshane, Kagiso Mlambo, Jackson Mabokgwane and Etame Soppo but this department has proved to be their biggest letdown as they have conceded 18 goals in 15 matches and are 13th on the 16-team log standings.

Platinum Stars have four foreign players already in their books and Arubi will be looking to fill in the last slot reserved for foreign players.

There have been other reports that Gudo, as he is popularly known, will proceed to Poland in the event the Platinum Stars deal fails to materialise.

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