Can Zimbabwean players get deals in South Africa?


AMID all the hype surrounding the expected signing of Zimbabwean stars at the ongoing African Nations Championships in South Africa respected local player agent Gibson Mahachi says he doubts their signing considering that there are only seven days left before the mid-season transfer window closes.


The January transfer window closes on January 31 and Mahachi believes it would be difficult for deals to be concluded with the tournament still going on. It ends on February 1.

Mahachi, who manages most of the players in the Warriors team in SA, also said most of the South African clubs have already exhausted their foreign quota and two or more players were likely to be signed and loaned back here.

“I can tell you there is so much interest for most of our players from South African clubs. I can’t really mention names now, but there have been a lot of inquiries from South African clubs. But I doubt that they could all be signed because look, there are only five days before the transfer window closes and it will be difficult to conclude any deals in that time frame.

“Most of the South African clubs have already exhausted their foreign quarter and I foresee a situation whereby only one or two players will be signed and loaned back,” said Mahachi.

Already, former Chicken Inn forward Kudakwashe Mahachi has agreed terms with Mamelodi Sundowns and is one of the players who could be loaned to Dynamos should he sign for the Brazilians.

Winger Silas Songani snubbed the Warriors camp for a trial period in Denmark and has already been signed there on a 30-month deal by Sonderjyske.
Player agents representing several South African teams are reportedly searching for talent in the Warriors camp.

Zimbabwean players have won the admiration of neutrals with their performance at the continental tournament where they have defied odds stacked against them to qualify for the quarter finals after beating Burkina Faso 1-0 — their first time to achieve that since the inauguration of the tournament in 2009.

The Warriors will face Mali tomorrow in a battle for the right to play in the last four of the tournament.

Warriors captain Partson Jaure, defender Eric Chipeta and goalkeeper George Chigova are some of the players that have attracted interest in South Africa.


  1. i dont see many of them getting deals in S.A but the likes of Jaure and mayb Zvirekwi could be luck. the problem with our media is that at times they over rate players. for example Chigova who only made 2 saves in the 3 opening games is already said to be the best goal keeper at the tourney. another overrated player is Simbare Sithole (Dynamos)

    • You are quite right @Dibango. We seem to have a problem of celebrating mediocrity. Our players, like the South African players, are overrated. Surely, if South African clubs were desperate for players they would go for all the Nigerian players who are, by far, technically gifted. What, with the 17 year old from Burundi! Jaure, Mahachi, Zvireki and, to a lesser extent, Rio would probably make the grade. Already, Rio is being courted by a South African team in the lower division and this tells a story about the lack of quality among our team.

  2. Very good observation,our group was one of the weakest nothing to celebrate beating burkina faso draw against uganda.both these team had weak attacking formation, frankly we won’t make it past mali mark my words celebrating mediocre perfomance

  3. zims always luk dwn thmselvs.our team z th best .w pefomd beta thn s.a who used their real national team bt faild.our players need money ths wy they join any team in s.a its nt they are mediocre

  4. Zimbabwe team iz the best,am proud of all Zimbabweans.Thac u our playerz,coach & many thax 2 all our supporters.Mahachi & Sithole u’re the best guyz.Mr Coach thac u 4 raise our country high…..Be blessed our playerz may god tak u 2 the higher level.Am proud of Zim


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