With only less than 12 hours before the transfer window curtain comes down, things have taken a new twist on a deal involving CAPS United and Stephen Sibanda, a striker from Mutare City Rovers.
BY GDN AND TAFADZWA NDIRAIRE
In a bid to bolster their squad and assemble a competitive side that can challenge for honours in this year’s championship campaign, Makepekepe invited Stephen Sibanda for a week long trial stint in Harare two weeks ago with the hope of putting pen to paper the services of the later.
With the deal looking greener, it has however turned out that despite the striker impressing the CAPS United technical team, he will not be donning the famous green and white jersey any time soon.
According to Mr Kanyemba, the Mutare City team manager, Stephen is currently in Mutare and is not joining Makepekepe.
“Stephen is here (Mutare) with us and is not going anywhere. He is our player, and is still contracted to us,” said Kanyemba in a telephone interview with this publication.
No official comment could be obtained from the Makepekepe office as repeated efforts proved futile, with the official numbers going unanswered.
Makepekepe will on Sunday host Bulawayo giants, Highlanders, in a reverse fixture of the Battle of Cities, with United having lost the first leg by a goal to nil, courtesy of a 75th minute strike by Bruce Kangwa.
Meanwhile, log leaders FC Platinum have swooped on Tsholotsho captain William Stima as they beef up their team as the league marathon enters the second round.
The deal was sealed in Zvishavane on Thursday night.
The signing of Sitima by FC Platinum represents a huge step in their bid to win the championship they narrowly lost to Chicken Inn after coming third with Dynamos on second place in a very close contest last term.
Tsholotsho was represented by the player’s advisor George Deda who has been the busiest manager during this transfer window trying to secure fantastic deals for his clients.
“I can confirm that FC Platinum have signed William Sitima on a three year deal. The deal was sealed in Zvishavane last night,” said Deda.
Sitima is an industrious player who is comfortable playing on any position on the pitch including as a striker.
FC Platinum lead the table with 33 points two ahead of second placed Highlanders with Harare giants Caps United in third place with 29 points and Dynamos in fourth place with 25 points as the league marathon enters the second round this weekend.
Deda has been influential in bringing SimbarasheGorogojo and Jacob Muzokomba to Dynamos.
He also played a key role in taking Highlanders versatile player Bruce Kangwa to Tanzania and Caps United’s Brian Abbas Amidu.
Deda’s other client Caps United vice captain Stephen Makatuka is also being persued by South African National First Division side AmaZulu who are now under the guidance of former Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas.
Although negotiations between the two parties had initially broken down Deda said talks are resuming next week to try and get the deal over the line.