The Herald (Harare)

28 November 2012

Zimbabwe/South Africa: Denver Makes Another Trip Across Limpopo

DENVER MUKAMBA started a fresh trial stint at Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg yesterday as the South African Premiership club fired the first shots of what should be an intense bidding war for the midfield star.

The 20-year-old DeMbare playmaker flew into Johannesburg on Monday night, just about 48 hours after helping the Glamour Boys complete a League and Cup double, following their 2-0 win over Monomotapa in the Mbada Diamonds Cup final.

Mukamba is expected to remain in Johannesburg, being assessed by the Bidvest technical staff, until the end of this week. His manager, Gibson Mahachi, told The Herald yesterday that the Super Diski side had renewed their interest in the DeMbare playmaker.

"Denver flew to Johannesburg on Monday after Bidvest Wits came back to us and said they wanted to have another look at him," said Mahachi.

"He should be there until the end of the week."

Bidvest Wits had a chance to sign Mukamba midway in the domestic Premiership, after he spent an extended time on trials at the club, but the Super Diski club decided, at the last minute, against sealing a deal.

It triggered a lot of speculation, including sick jokes on the internet, in which Mukamba was dismissed as a flop who wasn't good enough to play for a modest Super Diski team like Bidvest Wits. But now that Bidvest Wits have decided to have another look at him, it buttresses his manager's argument that it was wrong to suggest that Mukamba had failed at Bidvest Wits.

The talented forward, who is set to win the Dynamos Player of the Year award when the Glamour Boys host their end-of-year party in the capital on Friday, is also one of the three players in prime position to win the Soccer Star of the Year award.

He has transformed himself into the dominant player on the domestic football scene and DeMbare coach, Callisto Pasuwa, conceded this week that he was preparing for life after Mukamba. Bidvest Wits know that there are a number of vultures, from Super Diski, who are flying over the Zimbabwean football landscape and ready to pounce on its best players, with Mukamba being the star attraction.

South African champions, Orlando Pirates, are believed to be preparing a deal for Mukamba after they failed to lure Zambian international, Rainford Kalaba, from Congolese club, TP Mazembe.

DeMbare have also turned their focus on highly-rated defender, Morris Kadzola, as part of the crew who will beef up their squad next year.

Kadzola, who featured for Motor Action this season, has also been linked with a possible move, during the off-season, to South Africa. Pasuwa believes that Kadzola will provide his central defence with the height that he needs when they compete in the Champions League next season.

"Morris is one of the most sought-after players, when it comes to defence, in the Premiership today and Dynamos have made the first move because their coaches really feel he can bring value to the team," said the sources.

"But there is interest in the young man, too, from FC Platinum and his handlers, it appears, could also hold out for a possible move to South Africa."

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