Wadi for CAPS United
IT APPEARS Harare giants CAPS United executed another coup during this ongoing transfer window after landing the signature of Harare City winger Ishmael Wadi, the Daily News can report.
Wadi played an influential role during the Sunshine Boys’ relegation fight during the 2019 Castle Lager Premiership season.
The winger finished as the club’s leading goal scorer with 10 strikes, four behind Golden Boot winner Clive Augusto.
As a result, the 26-year-old had been a hot commodity during this transfer window with a number of clubs all after his signature.
South Africa Absa Premiership side Stellenbosch FC offered the winger a trial with the hope of signing him towards the end of last year but Wadi spurned the offer.
Zambian Super League side Buildcon FC were prepared to sign him outright without the hustle of going through a trial first but the former FC Platinum player again refused the offer. It has since emerged that Wadi had already agreed a deal in principle with Makepekepe hence his refusal to join these clubs.
He becomes the second player to join the Green Machine from the Sunshine Boys after talented winger Tatenda Tumba also crossed the floor towards the end of last year.
The club has also landed Warriors winger Leroy Mavunga from Yadah in a bid to revitalise their squad.
Makepekepe are busy strengthening their squad ahead of the 2020 season after suffering a heartbreaking end to the campaign last year.
After having led the league for long periods, United surrendered their top place when they lost their penultimate match to Ngezi Platinum Stars.
The Green Machine then lost the final match to FC Platinum to eventually finish the season in third place.
Makepekepe are also very active in the transfer window after the departures of reigning Soccer Star of the Year Joel Ngodzo, who signed for Buildcon, and striker Dominic Chungwa also signed for Zambia’s Lumwana Radiants FC.
More players are reportedly mulling moves away from the Green Machine with defenders Valentine Musarurwa and Godwin Goriyati agitating for transfers elsewhere.
And while they have retained some of their key players in the likes of Phineas Bhamusi, Hardlife Zvirekwi and Blessing Sarupinda among others, the Green Machine have also had to sacrifice other stars like Dominic Mukandi, goalkeepers Prosper Chigumba and Criss Mverechena.