Nyandoro, Samakweri fail at Celtic

Zimbabwean players Christopher Samakweri and Darryl Nyandoro became the latest stars to leave South Africa long-faced after failing to win contracts.

Darryl Nyandoro
Darryl Nyandoro

The two players spent the better part of last month undergoing pre-season trials at Free State-based ABSA Premiership side – Bloemfontein Celtic, but a club official told The Zimbabwean that they will not be signed, after failing to impress.

"We are not going to sign the two because they failed to give us what we wanted, so the search for quality players ahead of the new season is on,” said Celtic coach, Clinton Larsen.

“Please get me right, the Zimbabweans are both good players, but we are aiming at something above the quality that we already have at our disposal, so we are now looking at two players from Nigeria and Ghana.”

The pair came to South Africa aiming to win contracts after spending at least a season in the books of the DR Congo’s TP Mazembe.

They both had their hopes raised when Celtic recently extended their trial period by another week. But that seems to have ended in heartbreak for them, after they apparently failed to do enough to win the hearts of the Larsen-led technical team at Siwelele.

The latest turn is a surprising climb down by Larsen, who about three weeks ago hailed the pair, who play in the two positions that the club wanted to fill – strike force and midfield.

This was just after Nyandoro had scored two goals as Celtic defeated Pretoria University 3-0 in a friendly match, while Samakweri scored the only goal of the match as Celtic triumphed over Platinum Stars, also in a friendly within days of their arrival.

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