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Doors open for Mabvura at Ajax

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NGEZI Platinum forward Tichaona Mabvura flew to South Africa yesterday for trials at the invitation of that country’s top-flight league football side Ajax Cape Town.

BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA

Mabvura has been invited for a 10-day trial stint by the Urban Warriors.

Ajax Cape Town despatched its scouts — Louis Diefaiera and Patrick Mitangu —here at the end of August to search for talent, and the Ngezi Platinum attacker, one of their long-time targets, is closer to a deal.

The Urban Warriors had initially wanted to snap up Dynamos hitman Christian Ntouba Epoupa first, but the deal fell through on transfers deadline day, but will be revisited.

Ntouba signed a two-year deal with Dynamos which runs out in December 2018.

Mabvura, who will be a free agent on December 31 this year, will be the first from a list of several players targeted by the Urban Warriors to ink a deal.

The player was accompanied to the airport by one of the scouts, Mitangu, who saw him off and was received by Diefaiera.

“We have been following him [Mabvura] since we came to Zimbabwe and Ajax Cape Town have been impressed by the player so they have invited him over,” Mitangu said. “He will be with Ajax Cape Town for 10 days and the coach will also have a chance to see the player physically. So it will be a chance as well for him [coach] to assess him in other aspects, but he has already been impressed. His club Ngezi Platinum have approved the deal,” Mitangu said.

Mabvura, one of the favourites to make it on this year’s Soccer Stars of the Year calendar, has been consistent for his club thus far, contributing an incredible eight goals and 14 assists. He is one goal behind the club’s leading goalscorer striker Terrence Dzukamanja.

Mabvura said, shortly before departure, he was happy and would go for it.

“It’s a good opportunity and all I can say is that I will grab it with both hands. I am happy that there are other bigger teams out there who appreciate my contribution to the cause of my team,” Mabvura said.

The 25-year-old, who was part of Kalisto Pasuwa’s championship-winning squad, was rejected by former Dynamos Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva who opted to sign Carlos Rusere ahead of him after his contract had expired.

Mabvura is expected to return from South Africa just in time for their next league match against Chapungu. Tonderai Ndiraya’s men will be inactive this weekend after the league was suspended to pave way for the Chibuku Super Cup.

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