The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Sadomba Ponders Next Move

ZIMBABWE international striker Edward Sadomba wants to take time to decide on his next move and has revealed he is still weighing his options following his decision to leave Sudanese giants Al Hilal at the end of this year.

Sadomba has already been linked with a move to African champions Al Ahly of Egypt but the former Dynamos speed merchant insisted yesterday that he had not yet settled on his new next destination.

The Warriors forward is understood to have also received a number of offers including from some Qatari clubs.

Even Al Hilal's bitter rivals El Merreikh had launched an audacious bid to lure Sadomba across the great divide but the Zimbabwean international who had been fiercely loyal to the Blue Sharks' cause maintained that if he was to move "it would be to a club outside Sudan".

Angolan sides, impressed by his performances in the Confederation Cup tournament, were also targeting a swoop on Sadomba as did former African champions and Congolese giants TP Mazembe.

But Al Ahly, seven time African champions, appear more determined to get their man if reports from Cairo have been anything to go by.

Sadomba, however, said he would soon confirm his next destination.

"There is nothing concrete yet although I can confirm that there have been offers from a number of clubs and Al Ahly is obviously one of them but I am weighing the options that are available at the moment," Sadomba said.

Sadomba this year became the leading all time scorer in Confederation of African Football competitions in Sudan, breaking a 10- year record and was duly honoured by the Sudan Football Association for that feat.

Veteran El Merreikh striker Faisal Al Jab had hung onto the record for a decade after firing home 20 goals.

But Sadomba who was a joint top scorer in the 2012 Confederation Cup tournament took his tally to 23 and if the decade that it took to eclipse Al Jab's record is a measure of the time its takes to clear that record, then it might also take many years before another player emerges to erase the new mark that was set by the Zimbabwean international.

Sadomba's five goals in this year's Confederation Cup ensured he shared the tournament's Holden Boot award with Ismaila Diarra who plays for CO Bamako in Mali and Rudy Guelord Bebhey-Ndey of Congo Brazzaville's AC Leopards.

Now Sadomba, currently in Dubai for the festive season holidays, is bracing himself for an emotional farewell to the Al Hilal fans.

This is because the 29 year-old striker had in the last three and half years developed a special bond with the Blue Sharks fans who adored him so much and literally worshipped him, even composing special songs in his name. Twice during his tenure at Al Hilal, Sadomba has been nominated by Caf making the 10 best players plying their trade on the continent.

He has also led Al Hilal to numerous league and cup titles and semi-final slots in the Champions League and Confederation Cup. Sadly for him, Sadomba is about to officially part company with not only the club that had become his home for the last three years but the fans who nicknamed him Sida (the Prince) and a Sudanese media that also become virtually obsessed with him, tracking his every move since his arrival from Mozambique's Liga Muculumana.

"So far the indications are that they are going throw a farewell party from with individuals and companies pledging some presents.

"Some of the fans have actually been crying and begging me to stay on.

"It is so sad because I have achieved many things with Al Hilal, three league titles, three FA Cups, two times top scorer in Africa and scored more than 150 goals for the club.

"So you can see that it is always difficult to leave when you have achieved such things and you are used to a culture of winning things," Sadomba said.

But after leading Al Hilal to the Sudanese championship this year with the tem finishing the term unbeaten in 26 games in which they won 22 and drew four and finished with 70 points, five ahead of Merreikh, Sadomba believes he has done his part and that the time has come to take his career to new challenges.

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