Ndlovu tips Gutu to succeed in Europe

Soccer great, Peter Ndlovu, has tipped midfielder Archieford Gutu to succeed in Europe.

Peter Ndlovu
Peter Ndlovu

Gutu recently left for Sweden after he joined topflight league side, Kalmar FF and Ndlovu, who spent close to two decades in England, believes the attacking link will stay the course.

“I believe Gutu is one of the best attacking midfielders we have in the country today and his move does justice to his quality,” said Ndlovu. Gutu signed a three-year contract with the Swedish side.

This is the second move out of the country for the player, who has had a forgettable stint in South Africa with Ajax Cape Town in South Africa. Having joined the Urban Warriors in 2010, the then juvenile could not be registered in the ABSA Premiership, after he failed to get a guardian living in that country to represent him.

He returned home to rebuild his career at Dynamos, where he shone like a beacon in their league and cup double last season. Last year, he went for trials with Belgium’s PFC Litex Lovech and an Austrian in a vain for a contract. The highly-talented player has in the past played for Sprouting, Caps FC and an Ajax developmental side.

He is also a member of the senior national side, being favoured by coach Norman Mapeza. He becomes the first local player to put on Kalmars FF colours. The legendary Ndlovu also praised the Swedish side’s management team for giving Gutu the opportunity.

“Archie is a talented young boy, there is no doubt about that. After enduring a frustrating period at Ajax Cape Town, I am happy for him and grateful to the Kalmar management for giving him this chance.”

Kalmar FF will be playing in the Uefa Europa league next season, after finishing as runners up in the Swedish’s premier knockout tournament, the Svenska Cup. They secured the ticket after double winners Helsingborgs chose to play in the more lucrative Uefa Champions league. Gutu and his teammates will travel to Spain for pre-season training at the end of this month, as their league kicks off at the end of March, with a trip to promoted GIF Sundsvall.

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