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Sithole completes 5-year move to Sundowns

[Posted 15 Jun 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Sithole completes 5-year move to Sundowns

Zimbabwe's hottest young talent at the moment, national Under-23 and CAPS United striker Simbarashe Sithole completed a 5-year move to South African ABSA Premiership giants Mamelodi Sundowns on Monday.

CAPS CEO Maxwell Mironga confirmed on Tuesday the conclusion of a deal which appeared to be heading for the rocks after the player's advisors and the club failed to agree on the player's personal terms.  

“He (Sithole) signed a five-year contract and will join them in the next two weeks.

"Sundowns have said if he does not make an impression either in the starting 11 or 18, he will be loaned to other clubs in the Absa Premiership because he needs to get game time, but we know he will fit in the team,” Mironga said.

Sithole only joined CAPS before the beginning of the season, and scored 10 goals in 11 games for CAPS United. His last match before signing for Sundowns was the disappointing 0-0 draw at home against Hwange last weekend.

The new Sundowns man has also been in terrific form for the country, and scored in every match played by the Under 23 side in the All Africa Games qualifiers. His goals included a brace against Zambia in Lusaka, and another brace against Botswana at Rufaro Stadium.

Sundowns have been tracking Sithole since the beginning of the season following his All Africa games and League exploits. Trot Moloto, Sundowns' Chief Scout has watched Sithole in action twice, travelling to Harare and Bulawayo to get an assessment of the player.

There is no doubt that Sundowns have secured a gem of a striker in his prime. At only 19 years, Sithole has many playing days ahead of him.

The jury is out on whether it was the wisest move by CAPS to sale such a young player. Others feel that CAPS must have negotiated for a deal of say one year because given Sithole's talent, he could attract European interest within the next year.

It is also not clear what the price-tag was placed on arguably the most outstanding young talent this year in Zimbabwe. What amount of money could have tempted CAPS to sell such a young player completely to Sundowns?

Did the club retain the benefit in case of future sells involving the player? Thats the big question.

Zimbabwean clubs have been hard hit by financial difficulties in the past few years that they have been guilty of selling players to South African teams sometimes for a pittance.

Benjamin Mwaruwari is a case in point. The clubs that produced and developed his talent have not benefited from the subsequent sales of the player once he left Zimbabwe. It is hoped that CAPS and Sithole's handlers have not committed the same mistake.

At Sundowns, Sithole will join his compatriots who include club captain Esrom Nyandoro, Method Mwanjali, ABSA PSL Golden Boot runner-up Nyasha Mushekwi and Lionel M'tizwa.

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