TANZANIA football giants Azam reportedly put a US$250 000 release clause on Prince Dube’s two-year contract, B-Metro Sport has learnt.
The youthful former Highlanders striker, who is reportedly being monitored by two unnamed French sides, has already hit the ground running at Azam, an ambitious outfit that also provides home to Dube’s compatriots Bruce Kangwa and Never Tigere.
“Prince has a release clause of $250 000. It does not talk about him going to France or Germany. Anyone who can trigger it will get him as long as the player wants to move,” said a source privy to developments at Azam.
While Dube’s agent Gibson Mahachi was not keen on revealing the monetary figures involved, he confirmed there was a release clause on the Young Warriors captain’s contract that would benefit Azam and Bosso.
“I’m not comfortable mentioning figures but I can confirm that there is a release clause on Prince Dube’s contract. That will obviously benefit both parties, Azam and Highlanders,” said Mahachi.
“The release clause will be there for the duration of his stay at Azam. While everybody knows about Prince Dube’s capabilities, we don’t want to put him under unnecessary pressure. We want him to enjoy his game. Azam must see that he is worth the price that they paid to get his services. Prince has to keep on performing well and anything else must come as a bonus for him, Azam and Highlanders,” added Mahachi.
A fortnight ago, Bosso received Dube’s transfer fee, believed to be around US$50 000 from the Tanzanian club.
Azam reportedly sent the funds days after Dube passed his medical assessment on 17 August, which paved the way for the 23-year-old to sign a two-year contract.
On Monday night, Dube weighed in with an assist for Zambian Obrey Chirwa on his league debut for Azam as they started their 2020/ 21 Tanzanian Premier League on a winning note with a 1-0 triumph over Tanzania Police at the Azam Complex Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
The former Bosso speedy forward, whose assist was captured by Azam Television made a brilliant run on the left side before he crossed the ball into the box where former FC Platinum striker Chirwa headed in to put Azam ahead a minute before half-time.
Azam managed to defend that one goal advantage the whole second-half to claim the precious three points.
Dube, who impressed in the pre-season where he scored his first goal in only his second appearance as a substitute for his new paymasters in a 1-0 triumph over Kinondoni Municipal Council FC in a friendly fixture, started the match together with fellow Zimbabweans, ex-Highlanders fullback Kangwa and Tigere, formerly with FC Platinum.
Kangwa was the only Zimbabwean who played 90 minutes with Dube and Tigere both substituted in the second-half.
Dube had a solid campaign for Bosso last season after scoring 12 league goals and inspiring the club’s Chibuku Super Cup triumph.
Last season, Dube was crowned Soccer Star of the Year second runner-up during the end of season awards.
The former Somvubu High School pupil’s move to Tanzania is his second stint outside the country after a disappointing spell in South Africa where he struggled during stints with SuperSport United and Black Leopards before returning to Bosso last year.