Zekumbawire deal still in limbo

HARARE - The protracted transfer saga of forward Francisco Zekumbawire to Dynamos is likely to drag on following the Zimbabwe champions’ persistence that Hwange’s asking price is too high.

DeMbare desperately need the big striker to bolster their squad ahead of the African Champions League preliminary round qualifier against Lesotho Correction Services next month as well the upcoming domestic season.

Zekumbawire was included in Dynamos’ African Champions League initial squad last December but the deal between the two clubs has not materialised yet.

The record 19-time Zimbabwe champions are also on the verge of losing star forwards Simba Sithole and Rodreck Mutuma to South African clubs.

Mutuma impressed during his two-week long trial stint with Bloemfontein Celtic and the Telkom Knockout champions are expected to table their offer anytime this week.

Sithole has also been a hit at SuperSport United, where he went on trials earlier last week.

This has left Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa in an unenviable position regarding the forwards at his disposal.

Currently, rookie Farai Mupasiri is the only recognisable forward in Dynamos’ pre-season squad.  

DeMbare chairperson Kenny Mubaiwa said: “We hope we can complete the Zekumbawire deal in time. The only problem delaying this deal is the transfer fee.

“Hwange want $20 000 but we are saying we can only pay something like $10 000 since it’s a loan deal.”

The coalminers insist the ball is in DeMbare’s court and they are waiting for the payment to hit their account before endorsing the deal.

The Glamour Boys are now making frantic efforts to raise the required amount, hoping to pay Hwange before the end of this week.

Meanwhile, Mubaiwa admits the club is unable to resist the lure of the Rand for Mutuma and Sithole.

“We cannot hold onto these players. If a good offer comes we will not stand in their way,” said Mubaiwa.

Sithole and Mutuma finished last season as the first choice striking partnership at Dynamos.

Their departure will come as a massive blow for Pasuwa, who has been struggling on the market to bring in replacements.

Former DeMbare players Evans Gwekwerere and Benjamin Marere tried to re-join the Harare giants but their bids were blocked by the club’s influential board of directors.

The club has already lost star midfielder Denver Mukamba, who joined South African side Bidvest Wits at the beginning of this month.

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