Arubi: Coming or going?

Washington Arubi’s move to ABSA Premiership new-boys, Pretoria University remained uncertain at the beginning of the week. The reigning Zimbabwean PSL star of the last season was expected to sign a two-year contract with AmaTuks last week, but his move remained mired in conflict.

Move in limbo - Washington Arubi.
Move in limbo – Washington Arubi.

Amid media reports from back home indicating that Dynamos could scupper the deal, after a club official accused the player and his agent of lacking bona fide intent, the talented 26-year-old confirmed to The Zimbabwean that he had agreed terms for a two-year contract, although Dynamos had not yet cleared his move. “I’m happy that I have signed with a club with world-class facilities and I am looking forward to achieving success,” said the agile goalkeeper.

According to coach Steve Barker: “We have signed a quality player in Arubi and the team will heavily rely heavily on him. He has a high technique and his goal-line command is awesome.”

But manager Graham Oosthuis said: “We have not yet finalized Arubi’s signings. We still have a few things that need to be concluded, but he has impressed us a lot.” Arubi then told this paper that the delay in finalizing the move was because a Dynamos official had not yet travelled to clear him.

“The deal will be sealed once he arrives here, but I don’t know when that will be,” said the player. Dynamos were said to have accused Arubi’s agent of “negotiating in bad faith” after the goalkeeper left three weeks ago without the blessings of the Harare giants, who were set to play Highlanders at Barbourfields. There were also reports that the move could have been delayed by the goalkeeper’s investigation for alleged involvement in the “Asia-gate” scandal. The national association should grant an international clearance before Arubi can play in SA.

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