BATTLE FOR WADI
12 January 2018
…Byo City counter CAPS
CAPS United’s dream to partner Ishmael Wadi with new signing Brian Muzondiwa was yesterday up in smoke with indications Bulawayo City made a counter offer for the former.
Now CAPS will need to move mountains if they are to win the signature of on demand Wadi.
Bulawayo City are now prepared to buy the player outright, a move which they view as big investment for the highly-rated striker.
CAPS United on the other hand are keen to get the player on loan, with a possible chance to make it a permanent move after a year when the player’s contract with FC Platinum expires.
Dynamos, who are also believed to have included the player on their wish list, have been ruled out as they have not taken any meaningful action to outbid their rivals.
Yesterday FC Platinum spokesperson Chido Chizondo told H-Metro that they had not changed their mind that the striker was free to join any Premiership club on loan.
“Yes, we are aware there is interest from other clubs and our position remains that he is going on loan for now. We will hear from him and his manager on which club they have opted for and then we see if it can be a suitable arrangement,” Chizondo said.
Wadi’s manager George Deda had already indicated that the player was not interested in going back to Bulawayo City where he played last year on loan.
But after learning that other clubs were also in the running, Bulawayo City are said to have also launched a bid to buy the player, complicating the situation in the process.
The offer by Bulawayo City means that FC Platinum will financially gain from the player’s move while they will also have him totally off their wages list.
In the past, FC Platinum still paid for their players’ salaries who are on loan in some cases while the club using the player paid for bonuses.
With the high costs of participating in the CAF Champions league and the presence of foreign-based players in their line-up, chances are FC Platinum will make a business decision.
“It makes sense for them to release the player and get something out of it while they will also be removing him from their salaries. The player wants to join a bigger team and in this case CAPS United was positioned to get him on board.
“Triangle are also another team that was trying to sign the player but their chances are slim as it stands. The reality is that FC Platinum will be glad if the player does not join any of their traditional giants, CAPS, Highlanders or Dynamos,” said a source.
This week the player’s manager Deda said he will try to respect the will of the player and then negotiate with FC.
“I’m sure we will find a solution that will ensure that the player is happy. He has indicated that he is not interested in going to Bulawayo City again.
“I’m sure we will come up with a club of his choice. And I’m sure with the good relations we already enjoy with FC Platinum, it should not be a problem,” Deda said.