YOUNG Warriors midfielder Marvellous Nakamba has completed his move to top Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse after signing a four-year contract with the football club yesterday, as was exclusively revealed by NewsDay last week.
This was after the 20-year-old passed his trials with the club, which included a 20-minute role in a friendly match against English giants Chelsea last week.
Nakamba is joining from AS Nancy in France and according to the club’s website, the youth international will immediately join with the first team as soon as his papers are sorted.
Vitesse technical director Mo Allach confirmed the deal on the club’s website yesterday.
“Marvellous Nakamba has from day one made a big impression technically and in his personality. We are pleased to reward him with a contract,” Allach was quoted as saying on the club’s website.
The former Bantu Rovers player who was in the talented Under-20 team with the likes of Kuda Mahachi, Denver Mukamba and Dynamos’ Simba Sithole, said he was looking forward to the new challenge.
“The last few weeks I have trials here at Vitesse and he enjoyed it. I love the way the team play and the warm and professional environment here since my first day. I hope to play well and help the team win trophies,” said Nakamba.
Nakamba becomes the sixth player signed by the club this season after Bertrand Traore and Wallace who are on loan from Chelsea, Arnold Kruiswijk, Denys Oliinyk and former Archford Gutu’s FF Kalmar teammate Abiola Dauda.
While Nakamba is making huge forward strides in his career, it appears his compatriot Knowledge Musona is moving backwards with reports yesterday suggested the Warriors striker is rejoining South African side Kaizer Chiefs on a season loan after failing to find European suitors.
Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter, speaking after his side’s 2-1 league win over Black Aces on Wednesday night revealed that Musona’s return to Naturena was just a matter of time.
“We think everything is clear, Knowledge is on his way back,” Baxter said.
“He’ll give us a few more options, another dimension, but I say the same thing, this team is doing well at the moment. Knowledge, Shabba (Siphiwe Tshabalala), Bernard (Parker), they’ve all got to get into the team.”
The 24-year-old marksman’s future has been the subject of speculation since he left for his parent club TSG Hoffenheim of Germany at the end of June, with Amakhosi making it clear that they wanted to keep him.
He trained with Spanish side Granada, but it appears nothing came out of the trials.
Meanwhile, the Warriors moved up eight places on the Fifa/Coca-Cola world rankings. According to statistics released yesterday, the team is now on position 90 in the world and 24 on the continent, an improvement from last month when they were ranked 26. This is, however, despite that the team was inactive in the month under review.