Mukamba Wits deal draws close


HARARE – Castle Soccer Star of the Year Denver Mukamba is set to complete his switch to South African Absa Premiership side Bidvest Wits when he travels for his medical this weekend.

Mukamba’s manager, Gibson Mahachi, told the Daily News that a deal between his client and the Clever Boys is now imminent.

“We should be travelling to Johannesburg this weekend for a medical,” Mahachi said.

“If he passes his medical, then we will resume negotiations on personal terms to conclude the deal.”

Wits had been tracking Mukamba since early 2012 and first invited the Highfield-bred winger for trials last June.

Mukamba impressed during his stay at Braamfontein but complications arose when the club fired coach Roger De Sa and replaced him with Spaniard Antonio Lopez Habas.

Mukamba returned to Zimbabwe and starred in Dynamos’ league and cup triumph in the 2012 season.

The former Kiglon attacker was in a form of his life for the Glamour Boys and was deservedly voted Zimbabwe’s footballer of the year at the end of a remarkable season.

The Clever Boys, however, renewed their interest in the Zimbabwean star and asked to have another look at him at the end of last year.

Mukamba went back to Johannesburg for another trial stint at the start of last December, where he caught the eye of Habas.

With other Super Diski clubs monitoring and ready to pounce, it seems Wits are now prepared to tie down the 21-year-old to a long term contract.

Mahachi said the delay in completing his client’s move was caused by the festive season holiday.

Wits had closed shop at the club’s offices for the holidays and will only resume operations on January 7 while the players will regroup for training the following day.

If everything works out well for Mukamba, he will begin mid-season training with the rest of his new teammates on the day.

Mukamba will become the third Zimbabwean on Wits’ books if the move materialises.

The students already have the former Kaizer Chiefs pair of Thomas Sweswe and Tinashe Nengomasha in their squad.

A number of Zimbabweans that include Alois Bunjira, Charles Yohane, Elasto Lungu-Kapowezha and Energy Murambadoro have played for the club in the past.

Wits have suffered mixed fortune in the 2012-13 season after a difficult start. The club currently sits in ninth place on the log with 19 points from 16 games.

Habas and his team will try had to push for a top eight finish in the second half of the season as it will give them a ticket to play in the lucrative MTN Wafa Wafa knock-out tournament.

Adding Mukamba to the team will give them another option upfront as they have largely struggled for creativity since losing Sifiso Myeni to Orlando Pirates last year.

Mukamba’s departure will be a big blow to DeMbare, where he has been the club’s creative hub in the last two seasons.

The Harare giants had already anticipated Mukamba’s departure and did not register him as part of their 2013 African Champions League squad.

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