20 July 2009

Zimbabwe: Malajila for Belgium Trials

Harare — PREMIERSHIP topscorer Cuthbert Malajila will today leave for Belgium,via South Africa where he is set to undergo trials at First Division side Cercle Brugge.

The three-time Belgian champions, who finished ninth and 30 points off the pace in the 2008/9 season, already have in their books the Warriors midfield duo of Honour Gombami and Vusa Nyoni.

Malajila joined Dynamos this year on a season's loan from Southern Region Division One side Chapungu and has scored 11 goals, ahead of Gunners' Norman Maroto (10) and CAPS United's Nyasha Mushekwi (9).

While confirming his trip last night, Malajila said he was confident of making the grade at the Belgian side and thus would not be thinking of the Premiership Golden Boot award.

"Obviously, when you go for trials you will be confident of making the grade and as such I will not be thinking about winning the top goalscorer's award here.

"My focus has already shifted to Belgium where I will be on trials for two weeks. If things don't work out and I return to Dynamos, then I will resume my concentration on winning the top goalscorer's award," said Malajila.

He was confident that Dynamos had enough depth and would not be affected by his absence.

"They won't miss me. There are a number of good players to take over from me and I'm sure they will do a good job."

Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya said Malajila's departure was a blow to the club, given his efficiency in front of goal.

But he added there would be enough manpower upfront minus Malajila.

"Of course, losing a reliable scorer like Cuthbert, who is the leading scorer in the country, is a big blow. We will miss his services but I believe we have enough back-up.

"Philip Marufu is back to full fitness and he has been doing well at training. We also have Lloyd Hlahla, who might be on the other side of 30 in terms of age but has been useful, coming on as a substitute.

"Lloyd has his challenges in terms of fitness and cannot play the full 90 minutes at the moment, but if he keeps working hard he should be able to do it.

"We also have Merciful Ncube who is, however, still young and we will not hurry him and burden him with responsibilities."

Dynamos will resume the title assault on Saturday when they host Motor Action at Rufaro while the outstanding game against Black Rhinos has been set for next week on Wednesday.

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