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Bidvest Wits assess Dickson Choto

FORMER Warriors defender Dickson Choto is being assessed by South African Premiership side Bidvest Wits as they seek to beef up their defence

FORMER Warriors defender Dickson Choto is being assessed by South African Premiership side Bidvest Wits as they seek to beef up their defence.

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The towering defender is a free agent after he was released by Polish outfit Legia Warsaw.

Choto (32) is already in South Africa trying to impress new Wits coach Gavin Hunt. On Saturday, Choto turned out for The Students in a four team tournament which involved Wits, SuperSport United, Platinum Stars and Mpumalanga Black Aces.

According to Soccer Laduma, a source at the club said Choto has been training with the team for almost a week, and is looking promising and that the club is expected to table an offer, considering the potential he has expressed while on trial.

Should he join Wits he will link up with fellow Zimbabwe veteran midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha and Denver Mukamba, another veteran defender Thomas Sweswe and ageing striker Benjani Mwaruwari who joined recently from relegated Chippa United.

But Choto will not find easy as he has to convince Hunt that he is the right man who can add value to the team already brimming with foreign talent and that one foreigner needs to be released to accommodate him.

Fellow Zimbabwean international Takesure Chinyama also played for Wits in the four team tournament at the weekend as he seeks to impress Hunt after he was released by Orlando Pirates.

Chinyama has been on trial with Wits for close to a month and his presence at Wits has already increased competition with every player determined to prove his worthy to the team.

It remains to be seen how Hunt will do his maths as he has to retain only five foreigners. Wits already has six foreigners and the addition of Choto and Chinyama will bring them to eight meaning three will have to be sacrificed. And this is the time for players like Mukamba to prove his worthy to the team after a frustrating spell in his first season with club.

The talented former Dynamos midfielder was on target for Wits in the 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in a friendly match on Wednesday. Zimbabwean international Knowledge Musona also scored in his first match for Kaizer Chiefs as they beat Bloemfontein Celtic 4-1 to lift the Gauteng Cup final on Sunday.

Musona has been loaned to Kaizer Chiefs for a season from TSG Hoffeinhem who bought him from the South African club in 2009. Willard Katsande, who has surprisingly been overlooked by Warriors coach Klaus Dieter Pagels, scored a stunning long range drive in that 4-1 rout.

Another Zimbabwean Rodreck Mutuma, who is on the books of Bloemfontein Celtic played the entire match, but did not score.

Mpumalanga Black Aces are set to swoop on Zimbabwe defender Method Mwanjali from Mamelodi Sundowns.

Mwanjali started training with Aces yesterday with the view of signing before the end of this week.

According to a source close to Amazayoni, the Zimbabwean international has already agreed personal terms with the club.

“He is here and expected to sign any time soon,” the source revealed.

Mwanjali signed a one-year extension with Downs in early June, making the Aces deal likely to be a loan, to free up a much-needed foreign spot at Chloorkop.