DYNAMOS’ hopes of landing midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike could be in jeopardy after it has emerged that the former Caps United and Ajax Cape Town man is set to leave for Belgium this week.
REPORT BY HENRY MHARA
Dynamos secretary-general Webster Chikengezha yesterday told NewsDay Sport that Rusike was one of their major targets and negotiations for a possible deal had reached an advanced stage.
“Negotiations have been going on with Rusike, but we understand that he is going to Belgium,” said Chikengezha yesterday.
Chikengezha said they were waiting for Rusike’s manager Edzai Kasinauyo who was expected to arrive in the country yesterday from South Africa.
The local player transfer window closes tomorrow, but Dynamos can still sign Rusike in the event that he fails to get a deal in Belgium as he is a free agent and can sign outside the transfer window.
Rusike had trials with Belgian side OH Leuven which is home to Ovidy Karuru three months ago, and reports yesterday suggested that he had been invited for further assessment.
Chikengezha confirmed that his club had concluded deals for Benjamin Marere and Oscar Machapa, while negotiations for ex-Gunners and Black Leopards defender Victor Kamhuka were ongoing.
With the local transfer window closing this week, other clubs have also been busy on the market.
Caps United have captured Benson Maglas from Aces Youth Soccer Academy (AYSA) and Malawian Gerald Phiri. The Green Machine were yesterday expected to seal deals to bring in Munashe Chimbetete and Hardman Machiso from AYSA and Triangle respectively, while striker Leonard Tsipa is also expected to rejoin the club.
Log leaders Harare City said they are “OK”. Their coach Bigboy Mawiwi said they “might make just a single addition” to the squad.
Relegation-threatened and financially-troubled Motor Action have also raided AYSA for players. Donavan Benard, Albert Kusema, Wisdom Mutasa, Tafadzwa Mukashira and Emmanuel Mandiranga have all joined from the famed academy, and so has Collen Dhuwa who arrived from Caps United.
The Mighty Bulls, stung by financial difficulties, have been hit by a player exodus with the Matawu brothers Louis and Clemence having already left the club. Clemence has joined Chicken Inn while his younger brother is still club hunting.
Other players who have defected include Charles Mutero and Dylan Chivandire, who joined Chicken Inn. Reuben Machaya has joined Division One side ZPC Kariba, Blessing Sande has resurfaced at Black Rhinos, while Charles Chiutsa is club hunting.