30 June 2012

Zimbabwe: Mukamba Ready for Inter Clube

DYNAMOS star midfielder Denver Mukamba, buoyed by the growing interest being shown in him by Bidvest Wits, flew back home last night just in time to feature for the Harare giants in their crucial Confederation Cup third round, first leg clash against Inter Clube at Rufaro tomorrow.

Mukamba has spent the better part of this week at ambitious ABSA Premiership side Wits where the Clever Boys' coach Roger De Sa and his assistant Eric Tinkler have been taking a closer look at the player.

The Warriors international initially left the country on a mission to try his luck at newly-promoted Super Diski side Pretoria University last Sunday.

But no sooner had Mukamba arrived at AmaTuks, as Pretoria University are known, did Wits swooped on the player and took him to their Johannesburg base.

Wits, who are traditionally a mid-table side, have upped their bid for the championship ahead of the 2012-13 season and have raided the transfer market for both young and experienced players.

De Sa's men have already secured the services of the seasoned Zimbabwean pair of centreback Thomas Sweswe and gritty midfielder Tinashe

Nengomasha, who arrived from Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs.

It emerged late yesterday that Wits have expressed growing interest in Mukamba and have asked him to return to their training ground when he completes his Confederation Cup assignments with Dynamos.

Mukamba's manager, Gibson Mahachi confirmed, yesterday that Wits had through their chief executive requested that the player return for a further week of training with their team.

Wits, who also have big Zimbabwean international goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro on their books, began their pre-season training last weekend.

Mahachi said although Wits had asked Mukamba to return to Johannesburg, the player was currently focusing on Dynamos' game against Inter Clube.

"Yes, the Wits chief executive indicated that they have made arrangements for Denver to return to Johannesburg on Monday so that he continues training with them.

"But for now he knows he has a big duty to do for Dynamos and that is what he is focusing on and that is why he had to come back home.

"We will continue to work with Dynamos and advise them of the developments," Mahachi said.

Dynamos coach, Callisto Pasuwa, has made no secret of the fact that Mukamba is part of his plans for tomorrow's showdown in which the Glamour Boys need to take a comfortable lead if they are to lay a strong platform for a possible place in the Confederation Cup mini-league.

Pasuwa has also seen his selection options boosted by the return of Orlando Pirates-bound chief striker Takesure Chinyama.

Midfielders Milton Makopa and Leo Kurauzvione have also returned to training, as did former Monomotapa left back Ocean Mushure and skipper George Magariro. Inter Clube, who are the first Angolan club to build their own stadium -- the 12 000 seater Rocha Pinto in Luanda -- have steadily been improving on their performances in the Confederation Cup and should provide DeMbare with another tough test of character.

But for Mukamba a win for Dynamos tomorrow could help his stock grow in the week that has seen his prospects for a professional career opening up.

Crucially for Mukamba, he was one of the players who impressed Tinkler when he watched the Warriors' game Burundi three weeks ago.

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