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Mandaza, Zhuwawo lead club-hunting in SA by Zim stars

[Posted 20 Jul 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Terrence Mandaza is the reigning Footballer of the Year in Botswana

Cape Town, South Africa

Reigning Botswana Premier Soccer League Footballer of the year Terrence "Terror" Mandaza leads a host of other Zimbabwean born players who are on a hunting expedition to secure playing contracts in the South African Premier Soccer league and in Mozambique's La Liga.

 The Township Rollers' bustling striker Mandaza who was strongly tipped to join Orlando Pirates for the 2010/2011 season, attended a trial period at Platinum Stars of South Africa in the past month. It is rumoured that Mandaza impressed during his trial stint and has already been offered a deal by Dinaledi. The Royal Bafokeng financed out-fit has however refused to comment on the matter. The Township Rollers Chairman Somerset Gobuiwang  has been neither forth-coming in terms of confirming the deal his club has reportedly reached with Platinum Stars.

"At this stage nothing has been finalised although one particular club has tabled an offer that is receiving serious attention from Rollers," is the closest Gobuiwang could get to confirming the possibility of the conclusion of a deal between the two clubs.

Terror was outstanding in the Botswana top-flight league last season, and broke the goal scoring record per season when he emerged as a Golden Boot winner with a total of 43 goals in all competitions, eclipsing Master Masitara's record of 31 goals in the previous season. Mandaza's all-round performance earned him the respect of his peers in the league who responded by voting him as their Players' Player of the 2009/2010 season. Terror also walked away with the Footballer of the Year award at the end of season awards held in Botswana on the weekend of 17-18 April.

Mandaza has been praised in Botswana for being a complete player who functions better as a team player. He is blessed with a commanding physical presence, has dribbling skills and an eye for goal. Apart from scoring goals, he has the ability to create goals for team mates. It is such talent that almost lured Orlando Pirates who once sent their scout Floyd Mbele to go and watch the player in action. Pirates' interest in the player appear to have cooled following their capture of the Malawian striking sensation Chiukepo Msowoya from Rwandan champions APR. It is hoped that Pirates will not regret having let go Mandaza when he sets alight the PSL in the Dinaledi colours. 

Other two Zimbabwean players are likely to be making a move soon in the warm province of KwaZulu Natal. Pretoria University captain Obert Moyo started training with Maritzburg United with a view to signing for them for the 2010/2011 season. The TUKS key defender went to Pietermaritzburg straight from holiday to join United in training. It is reported that another Warriors defender Daniel Veremu is currently training with the KZN side in an attempt to win a contract for the new season.  The Gunners and Warriors central defence pillar has reportedly failed in his bid to get a contract at Platinum Stars where he was on trial previously. The player is clearly not fully match-fit at this stage following a knee injury he suffered while turning out for his club Gunners in April.

Another Gunners player, captain Ramson Zhuwawo has reportedly stalled on accepting a deal offered by Vasco da Gama and instead opted to leave Cape Town to try out his luck with Moroka Swallows in Johannesburg. The reigning Zimbabwean footballer of the year has been in Cape Town and went through two weeks' trial with Vasco. Many critics had questioned why Zhuwawo opted for a small team like Vasco when he had an option to try out his luck with bigger Johannesburg teams. However, smaller teams provide an opportunity for talented players to stand out. If reports that Zhuwawo is stalling on accepting the offer from Vasco are true, it is hoped that he won't leave to regret his decision.

Shoko scores hattrick, Nhongo on trial in Mozambique

Liga Muculmana of Mozambique appears to have such a huge appetite for Zimbabwean players. The team has in the past year acquired the services of a number of Zimbabwean players, including some who have featured in the Warriors' set-up in the past.

Liga Muculmana currently has Asani Nhongo who is on trial from Gunners Football Club in Zimbabwe. The Gunners defender joined the team on trial recently and hopes to secure a contract in the  dollar-rich Mozambican top-flight league. It will be remembered that Muculmana was once home to Edward Sadomba who recently tormented his home boys CAPS United with a hat-trick in a 5-0 drubbing of the Harare giants by Al Hilal on Sunday in Amdurman. Sadomba had arrived in Mozambique on loan from Bidvest Wits of South Africa about two years ago.

Nhongo, if offered a deal, will join fellow Zimbabweans who are already on Liga Muculmana's books. Evans Chikwaikwai is currently on loan at Muculmana from South African premiership side Bidvest Wits. Tendai Gwata, Liberty Chadzungira, David Shoko and Eusebio Manuwere are also at Liga Muculmana.

Meanwhile, David Shoko scored his first hattrick for Liga Muculmana in a league match in the La Liga in Mozambique over the weekend. Zimbabweans at home have been sceptical about the competitiveness of the Mozambican league. Yet there could be an advantage with Portuguese and Spanish scouts who reportedly frequent Mozambique more than any other Southern African nation. Sceptics have argued that Zimbabwean players have been playing in Mozambique for about two years, and none of them has ever received an invitation to go for trials in Portugal. Could the problem be with soccer agents in Zimbabwe? Or could it be a matter of the language barrier? hopes to get answers to such questions soon. 


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