AFTER sneaking out of the country early last week to undergo a week-long trial stint at South Africa’s National First Division (NFD) side Tshamuka Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM), former Bantu Rovers and CAPS United midfielder Kevin “Scopo” Sibanda has been invited for trials in Germany and Albania, B-Metro Sport has learnt.
Sibanda (27), who is in the books of Southern Region Division Side CIWU, was set to conclude his trials in South Africa on Thursday together with his unheralded teammate Gift Gumbo.
Gumbo (24) plays as a left back and together with Sibanda they will make the trips to Germany and Albania for trials that were facilitated by Botswana-based player agent Albert Mthembo.
“I have worked with Kevin during his time when he was playing in Botswana and I have been monitoring Gumbo for the last few months. In that regard, I am very much confident that they are going to make it at TTM. They have also been invited for trials in Germany and Albania. I can’t release the names of the clubs now but if they do happen to get deals in all the three countries, we will weigh our options,” said Mthembo in a telephone interview from Polokwane, South Africa.
Based in Polokwane, TTM were recently involved in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League promotion-relegation playoffs where they failed to get a ticket to the elite league.
Sibanda is a product of AmaZulu Football Club juniors. He played for Pioneer in Division Two in 2004 before he left to pursue secondary education at Pamushana High School in Masvingo.
He was top goalscorer with five goals in the Barclays Under-20 football tournament while at Sobukhazi in 2007 and player of the tournament in the same tournament the following year when he had moved to Pamushana.
He was part of the Pamushana team that lost to Churchill High School in the final of the Nash Coca-Cola Under-20 football tournament in 2008, before he came back to Bulawayo to join Bantu Rovers.
Sibanda played for Tshintsha Guluva in the Premiership when they bought Eastern Lions’ franchise in 2009.