Mutuma set for Celtic trial

HARARE - Want-away Dynamos forward Rodreck Mutuma will start his trial at South African Absa Premiership side Bloemfontein Celtic on January 14.

Mutuma has been on Celtic’s radar since last year and the reigning Telkom Knockout champions are now prepared to have a closer look at the lanky forward.

Although Dynamos are reluctant to sell, the Zimbabwean champions realise they cannot hold onto the player in the wake of Siwelele’s interest.

Mutuma, who won the Castle Lager Premiership Golden Boot in 2011, still has one year left on his DeMbare contract.

In the event that he impresses Celtic coach Clinton Larsen, the Free State outfit will have to pay Dynamos a transfer fee for the striker.

The record 19-time Zimbabwe champions snapped up Mutuma as a free agent from lower division side Sporting Manhenga in 2011.

The club had earlier indicated that they will do everything in their power to hold on to key players, whom they have registered for the African Champions League.

Mutuma is part of that DeMbare Champions League squad, but the club is understood to have resigned to the eventuality that Mutuma will leave.

Celtic are currently seventh on the Super Diski log and are hoping to rope in Mutuma to bolster their attack options for the remainder of the season.

They are some 14 points behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs and a top four finish is still possible in the remaining 16 matches.

At the moment, Larsen has three strikers on his roster in Lyanda Bacela, Lerato Manzini and Siyabonga Nontshinga.

In the Super Diski, clubs are allowed to register only five foreigners. Siwelele still have one slot available.

The club already has Cameroonian goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb, Ghanaian midfielder John Arwuah, Malawian defender John Arwuah and Joel Mogorosi of Botswana.

Mutuma will take up the remaining slot in the foreign players’ quota  if he impresses during trials.

Mutuma is currently enjoying his off season break in his hometown of Mvuma.

DeMbare will regroup for pre-season training on January 7 to prepare for their African Champions League preliminary round clash against Lesotho Correctional Services in February.

Mutuma is not the only player DeMbare is likely to lose to South African clubs during this January’s transfer window.

Star midfielder Denver Mukamba is on the verge of sealing his move to Bidvest Wits after impressing the Clever Boys during a trial stint last month.

Dynamos did not register Mukamba as they had already accepted the fact that the midfield wizard was already on his way out of the club.

Stand-in captain Tawanda Muparati, who was one of DeMbare’s most consistent players during the 2012 season, is also being courted by South African and Asian clubs.

Chippa United are the front runners in landing the midfielder and are reported to have invited Muparati for a trial this January.

Another DeMbare player who might leave is winger Tichaona Mabvura, who had a week-long trial with Tshwane club SuperSport last month.

Star defender Partson Jaure is also hoping to secure a visa to travel to Turkey so he can attend trials with an unnamed Super Lig club.

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