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Tuks close to signing Arubi


TSHWANE — Pretoria University boss Steve Barker insists the newly promoted South Africa Absa Premier Soccer League club are close to securing a deal for Dynamos’ Zimbabwe international Washington Arubi.

“Tuks” reportedly intend to sign a further two players before the season kicks off, having already snapped up former AmaZulu striker Dumisani Ngwenya, as well as former Santos, Jomo Cosmos, Ajax Cape Town and SuperSport United frontman Dipsy Selolwane, who was released by Matsatsantsa last season.

Barker told The Sowetan: “There are just one or two administrative things left to settle.

“There are other players we are hoping to have tied down by Friday (today). We’ll be looking at them in training over the next days and discussing terms with them.”

Arubi has reportedly already agreed personal terms with Tuks, who have also agreed to a fee with the Zimbabwean side.

The former Lancashire Steel, Highlanders and Bantu Rovers goalkeeper is the reigning player of the year.

At Tuks, he will join former Highlanders striker Nqobile Mpala, who weighed in with eight goals in their promotion campaign last season.

Zimbabwe players have been on the move in South Africa of late, with Thomas Sweswe and Tinashe Nengomasha leaving Kaizer Chiefs for Bidvest Wits. Kingston Nkatha joined Chiefs from Black Leopards with Brian Abbas Amidu moving in the other direction.

Dynamos’ Denver Mukamba is also seeking a move to Bidvest while Takesure Chinyama has penned a three-year deal at Orlando Pirates.

Warriors fringe striker Terrence Mandaza, formerly of Platinum Stars, has joined Cuthbert Malajila at Maritzburg United.

Meanwhile, Mamelodi Sundowns completed their pre-season training in Swaziland on a high note when they beat Manzini Wanderers 5-0 at Mavuso Stadium in Manzini on Wednesday with Zimbabwe international Nyasha Mushekwi scoring a hat-trick.

The Brazilians have played three matches in Swaziland, against Mbabane Swallows, Manzini Sundowns and Mbabane Highlanders, and have scored a total of 15 goals.

The Johan Neeskens-led side has lost just one match in pre-season training, losing 6-5 on penalties to Orlando Pirates in the Mbombela Cup.

Mushekwi stole the show against Wanderers, scoring a hat-trick to bid goodbye to the Swazi fans, who have supported the Brazilians since they arrived in the Mountain Kingdom two weeks ago.

The other goals were scored by Richard Henyekane and new signing Emmanuel Baffour.
Sundowns also played Manzini Sundowns earlier in the day, beating them 2-1 courtesy of goals from Elias Pelembe and Edward Manqele.

Other Zimbabwean players at Mamelodi are veterans Method Mwanjali and Esrom Nyandoro. Lionel Mtizwa and Simba Sithole have been loaned out after spending last season on the sidelines.

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