ZAMBIAN SIDE BUILDCON APPROACH CHAFA
Ambitious Zambian side Buildcon has approached Devon Chafa and chances are high the star midfielder could become the fourth Zimbabwean in their books, as exclusively reveled by H-Metro early this month.
Chafa’s contract with CAPS United expired at the end of December and the midfielder, a soccer star finalist, could not agree personal terms with an Egyptian side that had expressed interest recently.
That scenario had paved way for a tug-of-war between rivals Dynamos and CAPS United in the race to sign him.
H-Metro understands that Chafa was set to renew with CAPS on Monday as confirmed by the club’s chief executive Cuthbert Chitima but Buildcon’s interest changed the situation.
“Yes, there are enquiries from the Zambian side but nothing concrete as yet. The chances are 50-50. We were also yet to agree anything with CAPS United so the player remains out of contract,” the player’s agent Gibson Mahachi said yesterday.
Already three Zimbabwe internationals Tatenda Mukuruva, Nqobizitha Masuku and Patson Jaure have been lured by the Zambian side.
In January, the man behind those other two deals, George Deda, had confirmed that the team was still interested in signing another midfielder, likely to be another Zimbabwean.
“If there is interest, it means we will have to approach the player’s manager and come up with a deal,” Deda said, then.
Yesterday, Deda was giving away little but sources indicated that the deal was close.
“If there was nothing on this one, Chafa would have signed with CAPS United. The enquiries unsettled the player and negotiations are ongoing. There is no doubt in terms of the quality of the player and that he has no contract with any club, makes the negotiations easier,” said the source.
Buildcon are in the country and will face Ngezi Platinum in a friendly at Baobab on Sunday.
They are also provisionally set to face giants CAPS United and Dynamos, but the matches were yet to be officially confirmed.
The developments on Chafa’s career come at a time when a highly-rated Zimbabwean striker Junior Zindoga has signed his first professional contract with ABSA Premiership side Maritzburg United.
Zindoga, 19, was yet to play in any proper league apart from high school football at St George’s.
His only highlights was a trial stint with Swedish side Djurgårdens.
Mahachi, who also manages the teenager, said chances are high he could be one of the big future stars.
“The good thing is that he is still young and he has managed to sign his first professional contract at that level. He is a good striker. Obviously he will still need to develop and it is a good thing he has signed to play with the first team.
“It is not something that everyone was expecting and that he has managed to impress shows that he has something special. It is a big chance for him and he has signed a four-year deal,” said Mahachi.