DYNAMOS Rookie of the Year Farai Mupasiri could be in trouble with his paymasters after he sneaked to South Africa on Sunday for trials with Absa Premiership side University of Pretoria.
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Mupasiri’s business manager Godwin Chiparawushe confirmed that he arrived with the player at AmaTuks on Sunday afternoon and was due to begin trials with the South African side yesterday evening until the end of the week.
Chiparaushe said he had been in contact with “Tuks” manager Graham Oosthuis and the South African club has a keen interest in the player.
He, however, refuted claims that the university had offered Mupasiri a chance to study at the institution, saying the player is only on football trials.
“We arrived here (South Africa) yesterday (Sunday) afternoon and things are going on very well. He is supposed to start trials today (yesterday) in the evening. But it’s almost a sure signing. But they want to look at him. I have been in discussion with the club manager (Oosthuis) and these guys have heard a lot about Mupasiri.
“You can quote me as his business manager because people are already saying untrue stuff like UP (University of Pretoria) is offering academic studies, I don’t know where that is coming from. It’s football full-time. I will know by early next week if they are signing him,” Chiparaushe said.
Chiparaushe added that since their arrival, former Dynamos goalkeeper Washington Arubi had been helping Mupasiri to settle.
“Arubi has been helping him (Mupasiri) settle down here,” Chiparaushe said.
However, Dynamos secretary-general Raymond Kazembe yesterday said he was not aware that the youthful forward was in South Africa.
“I am not aware. I don’t know anything about that. If ever there is anything like that then there is a problem. He (Mupasiri) was at the awards on Friday. I am not aware of him being in South Africa,” Kazembe said.
If Mupasiri, a former rugby player, settles at AmaTuks, he will be joining fellow countrymen Arubi and Lionel Mutizwa on loan at University of Pretoria from Mamelodi Sundowns.
Meanwhile, the grapevine has it that league champions Dynamos are after the signature of Hwange goalkeeper Petros Mhari as they seek to boost their squad for next year’s Orange Caf Champions League.
Mhari will be making a second dance in the African Safari if he joins the “Glamour Boys” after the coal miners played in this year’s Confederation Cup, dismissing Jamhuri of Zanzibar in the first round before being bundled out by Al Amal Atbara of Sudan in the next stage.
The rumour mill says Dynamos are after Mhari after they lost Arubi to AmaTuks.
Mhari travelled to watch Dynamos beat Monomotapa 2-0 in the final of the Mbada Diamonds Cup about a fortnight ago. Current number one George Chigova took over from Arubi, but has been far from impressive.
Monomotapa’s Artwell Mukandi is also wanted at Dynamos.