Mupasiri's Turkey trip off

HARARE - Dynamos forward Farai Mupasiri failed to travel to Turkey yesterday to take part in the 2013 European Showcase Tour trial.

Mupasiri was scheduled to leave the country for a two-week stint organised by United States-based football firm Pro Soccer Consulting (PSC).

The Dynamos rookie’s place at the showcase had been facilitated by locally-based World Wide Scholarship (WWS).

The Daily News however understands that the 22-year-old will no longer be taking part in the event after failing to secure airfares for the trip.

Efforts to contact WWS director Munya Maraire were fruitless yesterday while the media-shy Mupasiri said he would only comment on the matter later this week.

Sources close to the deal disclosed to this publication that initially WWS were supposed to pay for the striker’s air ticket and upkeep while in Turkey.

WWS, however, changed goal posts at the 11th hour and were now asking Mupasiri to pay for his trip.

PSC gives American aspiring footballers exposure at the highest level by offering them a chance to compete with professional teams in Europe.

These aspiring footballers from across America are brought together into what are called Pro-Soccer Combine teams and play various matches with clubs in the European country the showcase will be held.

PSC also has an African Select team that is made up of players from the continent, who also play against their Pro-Soccer Combine team.

However, all players who take part in the showcase are required to foot their own expenses.

Mupasiri’s failure to travel to Turkey will be a dose of good news for Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa and the club’s faithful.

DeMbare have been left lightweight up front after they sold Rodreck Mutuma and Simba Sithole to South African clubs last month.

Pasuwa had to play winger Russel Madamombe as a forward on Sunday in the 3-0 win over Lesotho Correctional Services (LCS) in the African Champions League preliminary round qualifier.

 Mupasiri, who is still recovering from a troublesome back injury, was introduced as a second half substitute against LCS.

Dynamos now have Mupasiri, Patrick Khumbula and Francisco Zekumbawire as their recognisable forwards in their 2013 squad.

Both Khumbula and Zekumbawire were however not available for selection on Sunday, further compounding Pasuwa’s striking woes.

Khumbula will only be eligible for the competition in the later stages as he was a late entry on Dynamos’ Champions League squad.

Zekumbawire was subject to a protracted transfer saga from Hwange and only started to train with his new teammates on Friday.  His paperwork was however incomplete to play against LCS.

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