Mukamba off to BidVest Wits

SOCCER Star of the Year and Dynamos attacking midfielder Denver Mukamba left for South Africa yesterday where he is scheduled to undergo medicals at Absa Premiership side Bidvest Wits this week.


Mukamba, also named the Dynamos Player of the Year after winning the league and cup double for the second consecutive year, is expecting better fortunes this time around despite changes in the technical team last Friday.

Wits, who are home to Zimbabwe internationals Thomas Sweswe and Tinashe Nengomasha and former Warriors Charles Yohane, who is Under-16 head coach, fired Antonio Habas Lopez last Friday and replaced him with former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker and Andre Arendse.

Barker starts work today.

Mukamba’s manager Gibson Mahachi yesterday said: “The boy has already left, but we have not yet confirmed when the medicals will take place. I will know tomorrow (today) and I should be following him up in the next two days.”

Should the midfielder sign, his first match could be against Black Leopards at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday, February 13, when the South African league resumes after the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) break.

Wits are in 9th position with 19 points, 16 off leaders Kaizer Chiefs, with 16 rounds of the league played.

The Dynamos midfielder could be followed by striker Rodreck Mutuma, who has been invited by Bloemfontein Celtic for a trial period on January 14.

Mukamba leaves as Dynamos begin preparations for the 2013 Caf Champions League, as they battle to secure deals for some of the players they had registered for the competition. They want to re-engage secretary Ray Kazembe who quit last week.

In the event they fail, Gunners’ Cuthbert Chitima is earmarked for the post.

The league champions will start their Champions League campaign in the preliminary stage with a match against little-known Lesotho Correctional Services before what appears to be tough first and second round ties.

If they manage to go past the Lesotho test, Kalisto Pasuwa’s men will face the winner between Club Berzetin of Tunisia and Ettihad of Libya.

The task will become even more daunting for Dynamos if they manage to clear the hurdle posed by the two North African giants, as current Caf Champions League Cup holders Al Ahly of Egypt will be next up in the second round.

The preliminary round starts in February, just one week after the completion of the Afcon finals in South Africa.

Dynamos will start the campaign at home on the weekend of February 15-17, with the return leg a fortnight later on the weekend of March 1-3.

If they progress to the first round, Dynamos will play the first leg away in North Africa and then play host in the second leg.

While Monomotapa’s Russel Madamombe and Artwell Mukandi have completed their moves to the league and cup double winners, Hwange’s Francisco Zvikumbawire and Aaron Katebe, Chicken Inn’s Sydney Linyama, Devon Chafa and Martin Vengesayi, are yet to sign.

Chafa and Vengesayi’s contracts have expired and are demanding high signing-on fees, which Dynamos are not willing to pay.
Linyama is another player in doubt after seemingly choosing not to associate himself with the truth by claiming his contract at Chicken Inn had expired when it still had 12 more months to run. Chicken Inn secretary-general Tawengwa Hara said they were not releasing any players.

Club secretary Tavengwa Hara yesterday confirmed the Chicken Inn family meeting will be on today.

“We are not releasing any players for this season, but like any other team during the start of the term, we will be running around to see who we can get,” Hara said.

Negotiations for signatures of Zvikumbawire and Katebe are continuing, although it is unlikely that the Zambian international (Katebe) will be signed.

Burzil Dube, the Hwange secretary, told the Bulawayo Bureau yesterday that they were expecting Katebe at training this week.

History on BidVest Wits formation

THE Soccer Club was formed in 1921 when the Students Representative Council eventually succumbed to pressure that had been coming from students at the Transvaal Technical Institute (the forerunner of the University).
The Club’s three teams participated in the League for the first time in 1922, the same year as the University of the Witwatersrand was formed.

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  1. I hope his new team know this guy is a suspected abuser of women and a philanderer.

    1. And Khalid is accused of what? Why dont you just leave the young man alone. Remove the log in your eye before you talk of the speck in somebody else eyes!

  2. John weku Mabvuku

    Khalis is right, the boy was in the papers for the wrong reasons, Va Mahachi, its yo job to groom this boy well and prepare him for a prfessional footballer’s life and adulthood. Without discipline yu get the pretendres to fame. e.g. Archieford Chimutanda, Diego Maradona, Cantona, Rooney, Tervez….With discipline yu get to the sublime…Messi, Pele, Sono, Klinsmann, Shaya, Max Tschuma, the late Adamski, Konjera …… Batsirai mwana before he gets worse.

    1. Mukoma John apa maita kunonzi kushaya. I am not referring to what Mukamba is accused of but to your labelling of some soccer greats as pretenders to fame. Maradona won the World Cup and I do not understand how he becomes a pretender. Although I am no ManU fan, the club experienced a revival because of Cantona. Tevez has achieved Olympic gold and a couple EPL titles. The same thing with Rooney. Musataura chirungu chamusingazivi mukoma. What do you mean by pretenders to fame? The people you mentioned have not pretended anything, they are actually famous for their footballing skills and have achieved more than some that you mention as sublime. They may have had one or two disciplinary problems which are always exaggerated by a thirsty media and a gullible audience that will swallow everything it is fed. This is by no means meant to justify ill-discipline or abuse on women but an attempt to clarify issues.

    2. Kubatsira yes but not dwelling too much on his negatives. This is football. Talk about his skills.

  3. Hope being asmathic will nopt affect his medicals. The only problem with South African teams, is that they buy good players to park them so theat no other teams buys them.

  4. not long ago this guy said he is not absa psl material but check where he is going now. Shame boy.

  5. Above all anogona hake kutamba bhora, hapana asina tunyaya twake kungoti hatuna kubuda munews paper chete. Its true anoda monitoring from the agent.

    1. Mr Mahachi , surely you should have looked for a better deal for the young man in Europe. That league will not take our players to the expected heights. You are a good player agent/manager but please you can do better than this.

      Please Mr Mahachi you should have looked for a better league in Europe for this young man. You are a good player agent/manager but it’s now time for you to move a gear up.

  6. He should work on his personal discipline

    1. John weku Mabvuku

      Thanks for varying views, bottom line fame and notorierity are not the same, Va Mahachi knows the difference, The sublime are way above reproach…it is possible. The boy is still young and with good nurturing he can be better.

  7. Ko vaMukamba zvavakati havasi ABSA premiership material ko asi Wits ndeyeku europe here. The boy is jst misguided. Nehu soccer star hwaakapiwa on tribal grounds he thnks he has made it in football. He stil has a lot to learn if he’s gonna break into european league. One thng that he needs is being level headed. Becoz wakanzi abe soccer star mu Zimbabwe doesnt make hm the best footballer. League yacho results are cooked in ofices. Newe John weku Mabvuku ita mushe. Hw cn u say cantona, maradona, rooney naana tevez are under achievers. If u knw football my brotha u would knw that these are the guys who playd a part in putting european leagues on the global map. Wth all due respect to the late adamski and nkonjera, they are nowhere near those guys. Ko iye klinsman wacho. I cant comment abt pele and george shay becoz i neva watched them.

    1. And you too KD you are just the same as John weku Mabvuku. you should appreciate what is good the guy was a soccer star of the year in zimbabwe and it is an acievement. I think the boy needs encouragement and support not negative critisism. He may say he is not ABSA premiership material that is his opinion and he is aiming high and i think he is in the right path if he keeps working hard. And those who are talking about his live live may you leave the boy alone he is a man and be reminded that there is man shortage and our women seem to be desperate especially if you are famous they will come for you in millions. Pliz regerai jeolous the boy is good

  8. iwe!! Tribaslism pa Soccer Star of The Year? Unoti aifanira kutora ndiani? Denver ‘Mundikumbuke’ Mukamba was a cut above the rest ! Paribe matsotsi apa!!Unegodo nekuti wako wawaida haana kuhwina. Shuwa shuwa ungati pakaitwa fevha apa? AAAAAAH! wandishamisa wena!

  9. are they aware that they are taking a women abuser? i hope the club does not employ women otherwise they will be abused, impregnated, spit at, beaten and left for dead. this is not a gud character to have in your team i feel sorry for BidVest.

  10. Big bento what criteria was used to select a soccer star. What statistics were used in terms of goals, assist, passes etc to says the player was a cut above the rest. For yo information tht boy pakatanga season aitanga ari pa bench and wen eva he playd he was jst an average player. He only startd play zviri above average towards the end of the season maybe in the last 8 or so games. Check yo statistics kana uinawo. Do u mean to tel us there wasnt a single play mu League yese who was a consistent thru out the season. I dnt thnk so. Hw many goals did he score? Hw many goal assists did he contribute? Hw many assists leading to goal did he make? Complete passes in a match etc etc. Above all hw many times was he man of the match the whole season. Those are stats used to select an outstanding player nt kuti majority yevanhu vano selector vanobva kupi.

    1. KD you are a fool and it shows that you are against the boy. the boy was chosen as the best no matter what you think and to cap it all he has moved to another league and i think you will say it was because of favour but the boy is gonna make himself some money and perhaps move on to Europe iwe uchingowawata. And i hope now that he has left the players you want will be soccer stars. My advice chakanaka chakanaka mukaka hauringwe Mukamba is a cut above the rest. I wish him well in Mzansi

  11. Tapiwa Tondoldo Mutondo

    D is a good player dat team is going to enjoy soccer don’t worry guyz

    Talented guy Denver Mukamba

    Show Dem u are de boltcutter

    1. Mundikumbuke ndizvo

  12. We never learn.hameno kuti kusadzidza here.look at wat happened to gwekwerere,simba sithole,mtizwa,just mention but a few.we wnt develop our players in that league.and those teams will even refuse to release them to better leagues bt wil dump them at the end.look at nengomashe,esrom,mushekwi,etc.wakutoorera imomo.

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