How Mkuruva ended up at Cape Town City

HARARE - Absa Premiership outfit Cape Town City were forced to make a last-minute signing of Zimbabwe international goalkeeper Tatenda Mkuruva following freak injuries to two of their senior keepers.

The Citizens confirmed the signing of Mkuruva earlier this week, whose contract with Dynamos expired at the end of last season and with club owner John Comitis say his arrival was a precautionary measure for the injured duo of  Shu-Aib Walters and Samora Motloung.

“Ten days ago, we were enjoying our preparations when we got two injuries  — both our goalkeepers went down in the same training session, Samora (Motloung) and Shu-Aib Walters,” Comitis told South African media.

“With that happening, and with us near the top of the league with certain aspirations, we needed to make sure we have that position covered, because in one instant, our key position was not at the level we hoped it to be.

“So we went and signed an international goalkeeper who we were watching during the Afcon, . . . Mkuruva. We realised he was a free agent and could sign him outside the window, so we reacted quickly and got him here, and he should be ready and available for the weekend (against Ajax Cape Town).”

While Walters was able to recover in time for the first encounter of 2017, in a 3-0 victory over Highlands Park, Motloung will only return to action in April following damage to his ankle ligaments.

“Walters played against Highlands Park, but Samora is probably out for eight weeks,” Comitis confirmed.

“We need to know that we have players in every position that can step in and keep the programme in tact in terms of what we want to achieve this season,” said Comitis.

Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler expressed satisfaction with the club’s transfer dealings of late — which includes the signings of Letsie Koapeng, Raphael Georgiades, Siyabonga Dubula and Edmilson Dove — and insists players will be selected based on form, and nothing else.

“The players we signed are not here to make up numbers — they must be capable players to step in, and you want that healthy competition,” he said.

“The way I coach, if you are playing well, irrespective of experience, you will play. So if an opportunity comes along and you play well, you keep your place, and that’s the way it should be.”

Mkuruva’s departure is with no doubt a huge blow to Dynamos as he has risen to become one of the Glamour Boys’ key players.

The 20-year-old’s profile was boosted by his performances at the Africa Cup of Nations were he emerged as the of the Warriors’ best players, albeit in a losing cause.

He pulled off some astonishing saves, especially in the matches against Senegal and Tunisia, in which the Warriors lost 2-0 and 4-2 respectively.

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