ZIMBABWE’S acclaimed Fifa-accredited agent Gibson Mahachi says the Covid-19 pandemic which necessitated worldwide lockdowns has negatively impacted on five local Premier Soccer League players’ end of the month trials with different South African Absa Premiership clubs.
Mahachi, who has done a lot in getting local players deals with South African and European clubs, said footballers that illuminate the domestic Premiership, mostly strikers and midfielders, always find themselves being offered contracts across the Limpopo River between June and July.
“By this time of the year, the South African Premiership, which is one of the many leagues that is in sync with the Fifa calendar, would have ended. It would be the ripest time for player movement and as such I had arranged that five players from Highlanders, CAPS United and Ngezi Platinum Stars, that I cannot name for professional reasons, go for trials at various clubs in South Africa at the end of this month.
“Covid-19 has negatively affected the football system of player movement. Inquiries on the players were made long back but it’s unfortunate that borders are still closed and that is beyond our control. However, I believe that more inquiries will be made soon after our league starts and soon after the borders open,” said Mahachi.
Some players that were reportedly eyeing mid-season moves include Highlanders trio of striker Prince Dube, defender Peter Muduhwa and midfielder Nqobizitha Masuku, CAPS United’s Phineas Bhamusi and Donald Teguru of Ngezi Platinum Stars.
To add to that, early this year, Chicken Inn duo of Xolani Ndlovu and Valentine Kadonzvo underwent an unsuccessful two-week trial stint at Bidvest Wits and they were expected to attract the interest of other Super Diski outfits.
However, the player intermediary that manages most of Zimbabwe’s foreign-based players that include Kudakwashe Mahachi, Danny “Deco” Phiri, Teenage Hadebe, Devine Lunga, Evans Rusike and goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze among others, was also quick to raise local players’ fitness concerns.
“The 2020 season is different, because its start was affected by the global Covid-19 pandemic. As a result it would have not been ideal to risk taking (players) them for trials because they are inactive, they will need time to get fitness,” he said.
In Mzansi there’s a glimmer of hope that the current season will resume after teams were allowed to go back to the training grounds.
The coronavirus lockdown is on Level Three in South Africa but football is still suspended across the board.
While some seasons around Europe and Africa have been cancelled, South Africans remain hopeful to save the 2019-2020 season.