Zim fans mourn as stars trek to SA

HARARE - The growing demand for Zimbabwean talent in South Africa has seen a number of players making the Great Trek across the Limpopo in recent weeks - a development which fans believe will affect the domestic league.

The Gunners’ pair of Qadr Amini and Ashley Rambanapasi left last week to try their luck with Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars. Youth internationals Denver Mukamba and Simba Sithole were also in South Africa and are waiting for the feedback from Maritzburg United where they spent one week in trials.

Kiglon’s youthful midfielder, Ngoni Maviri, also went down South last week, while Dynamos’ Martin Vengesai has a pending date with Orlando Pirates. Recently the Motor Action duo of Kuda Musharu and Edmore Chitato left for South Africa where they are scheduled to undergo trials with unnamed clubs. “This is not good for our football,” said Temba Gwashe. “It means the standard of our football will go down and our league will be poor without most of these stars that are flocking to South Africa.”

Tinei Mhinyu echoed the same sentiments. “It’s obviously South Africa which will gain from this. We are being deprived of watching this emerging talent. What disappoints is that the talent is going to waste because South African football does not develop players. If you look at most of our promising players who have gone to South Africa, they have gone down in terms of their performance,” he said. While fans see the flow of emerging talent to South Africa as retrogressive, the players believe it gives them a platform to break into the European leagues.

Post published in: Zimbabwe Sports News

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