Denver on verge of Wits move

HARARE - Dynamos midfield wizard Denver Mukamba is reportedly close to signing for South African side Bidvest Wits after it emerged the Glamour Boys talisman impressed during trials.

Negotiations for a possible move to Johannesburg in the mid-season January transfer window are at an advanced stage.

The 21-year old wizard, a firm favourite for tonight’s Soccer Star of the Year Award, went for a fresh trial stint at Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg last month, after helping the record 19-times Zimbabwe champions complete a league and cup double in the just-ended season.

Bidvest Wits had a chance to sign Mukamba midway through the Zimbabwean season in June after he spent an extended time on trials at the club, but the Super Diski club decided, at the last minute, against making a move for the Zimbabwe international.

Mukamba’s failure to seal a deal back then triggered a lot of speculation on social network sites, with the lanky player being dismissed as a flop who was not good enough to play for a modest South African club like Wits.

Gibson Mahachi, who is managing the Highfield-bred star, revealed yesterday that Wits are close to putting an offer on the table.

“We haven’t finalised anything yet but we are talking with Wits. The possibility of concluding a deal soon is there,” Mahachi told the Daily News yesterday.

After a terrific season in which he was simply the country’s finest player in all competitions, Mukamba was duly named Dynamos’ player-of-the-season at the club’s awards two weeks ago.

Besides his influential role in the engine room, Mukamba also grabbed vital goals for the Harare giants to finish as the club’s top scorer in all competitions with a total of 15 goals.

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa has conceded that he is now preparing for life after Mukamba.

Pasuwa’s worst fears were confirmed yesterday after Wits team manager George Mogotsi revealed to Soca Laduma that the Zimbabwean was on the brink of joining The Students.  

“For now the player has gone back home. There is a possibility that he will return. The boy can play. He plays the kind of football that we play. The boy has got a good technique and he is tall,” said Mogotsi.
Wits however, know that several other South African clubs are on the prowl for Zimbabwe’s finest football talent, with Mukamba being the star attraction.

If all goes according to plan, Mukamba will join fellow countrymen Thomas Sweswe and Tinashe Nengomasha,  who are also on the Wits payroll.   

With DeMbare racing against time to beat Saturday’s deadline to register players for the African Champions League, Mukamba’s departure will come as a huge blow for the Glamour Boys.

Defender Patson Jaure as well as forwards Rodreck Mutuma and Farai Mupasiri have also been linked with moves down south. - Godknows Matarutse

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