TANZANIA topflight league side, Azam, are reportedly angling for the signature of FC Platinum attacking midfielder Perfect Chikwende amid revelations that the two clubs have since entered into a provisional agreement.
Chikwende, a former Bulawayo Chiefs player, recently hogged the limelight courtesy of his five-star performances in the Pure Platinum Play Caf Champions League campaign that he graced with some brilliant goal scoring exploits.
Chikwende scored the second goal when the Zimbabwean champions beat Mozambican outfit Costa do Sol in the preliminary round and he continued with his fine form with a beautiful strike that gave FC Platinum a narrow win over Tanzania’s Simba SC in the first leg of the Caf Champions League first round tie.
However, Norman Mapeza’s men bowed out of the inter club contest after succumbing to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Simba SC in the second leg played in Dar es Salaam.
“We haven’t reached a concrete agreement with Azam, we just have a provisional agreement with the Tanzanian side who have shown interest in Perfect Chikwende. The player should be travelling to Tanzania and we hope to have the finer details before the closure of the transfer window on Friday,” said FC Platinum media liaison officer Chido Chizondo.
According to an offer letter that is circulating on social media, Azam, who are also home to the Zimbabwean trio of Bruce Kangwa, Prince Dube and Never Tigere, have tabled US$50 000.
With word that Simba SC are angling to snatch Chikwende under the noses of Azam, Chizondo said the former are yet to officially contact them.
“Simba SC hasn’t talked to us. We have been in talks with Azam only and for now Chikwende is our only player that is being targeted by a foreign club,” said Chizondo.
Young Africans are also reportedly willing to enter the race for Chikwende’s signature.
Meanwhile, FC Platinum have now applied to the Government for a special waiver to begin preparations for their Confederation Cup play-offs.
The Zimbabwe champions were drawn against Senegalese outfit Association Sportive et Culturelle Diaraf (ASC Diaraf) in a two-legged clash where the winner will qualify for the mini-league phase to be in the race for the US$1,25 million winners’ prize money.
The first-leg against the Senegalese will be at the National Sports Stadium on February 14, with the return leg in Dakar a week later.
Qualification for the mini-league phase has a guaranteed prize of US$275 000 while US$350 000 goes to teams that get knocked out at the quarter-final stage, with US$450 000 going to losing semi-finalists and losing finalists getting US$675 000.