DeMbare give up on defender Katebe

HARARE - Zimbabwe champions Dynamos have resigned to the fact that they will not be able to sign defender Aaron Katebe, signalling an end to a protracted transfer saga.

Katebe had been on DeMbare’s radar since last season and the Harare giants even went ahead to register the Zambian on their initial African Champions League squad.

It seems FC Platinum beat Dynamos to the defender’s signature after he reportedly underwent a medical with the Zvishavane-based miners yesterday.

“With Aaron I’m not really sure where we are. The manager Gabriel Kaunda is said to be in Zimbabwe but he has never contacted me,” Dynamos vice-chairperson Webster Chikengezha said yesterday.

“The player was said to be in Zvishavane and the next thing we hear is that he is now in Bulawayo. We also hear that he is in Hwange so I’m thinking that the only time I can say that Aaron is with us is when he is in Harare.

“It’s unfortunate that he has not been very honest in terms of which team he wants to join.”

While DeMbare have given up on Katembe, they have however, agreed on a transfer fee with Hwange for forward Francisco Zekumbawire.

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa had earmarked the striker to replace Takesure Chinyama, who left the club last June to join Orlando Pirates.  

“With Francesco, we have agreed in terms of the amount they (Hwange) want for him to play for Dynamos. We are now only discussing the payment terms,” said Chikengezha.

The DeMbare official denied that the Harare giants will pay Hwange a staggering transfer fee of $130 000 for the blond-haired forward.

“The figure is nowhere near that ($130 000). You can take away another $100 000 out of that and still not get to the figure that we agreed,” he said.

“I would like Hwange to disclose the figure because it’s their player.

“We have agreed everything and all what is left is the payment terms and once that is done, the player will be on his way to Harare.”

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