BENYU SET FOR LOAN MOVE
5 January 2018
WARRIORS coach Sunday Chidzambwa is hoping that Zimbabwean players will make positive moves this January transfer window to add value to the national team.
His statement comes after highly-rated Celtic winger, Kundai Benyu, was on Wednesday reported to be on the brink of making a loan move to League One side Oldham Athletic.
Benyu recently made his Warriors debut under Wilson Mutekede and the Zifa technical director has since recommended to Mhofu that the player be given a chance again in the future.
At Celtic, the 20-year-old is highly rated by former Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers, but the coach is said to be of the idea that he should get more game time away from the Scottish giants before making a return next season.
“I think every move that Zimbabwean players make is important to us and the hope is that these professional players make moves that are positive. And if possible, a move to even bigger teams will be more positive for us.
“Obviously, if a player is playing with big names out there, what he will bring to the national team is great and it only helps improve their level. So the hope is that if any of our international players make the move, they make a move that benefits us,” Chidzambwa told H-Metro
Football Insider exclusively revealed that Benyu is set for a January move.
“The two clubs are in advanced talks over a loan deal that runs from the January window until the end of the season.
“A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Celtic have fielded enquiries from a number of clubs about taking Benyu on loan, but Oldham are set to win the race for his signature,” said the website.
“Benyu joined Celtic last summer when the Scottish champions beat a host of Premier League clubs to his signature following the expiration of his contract at Ipswich Town.
“The 20-year-old has made a good impression on the Celtic coaching staff, but he has struggled to break into Brendan Rodgers’ star-studded first-team.
“Benyu has made four appearances in all competitions for Celtic so far this season, but only two of those have been starts in the Scottish Premier League and the League Cup.”
More game time could help the youngster who is already likely to get more game time for the Warriors.
Chidzambwa is already on record saying he will give chances to all good players outside the country.
“The fact that a player is playing outside the country, it shows that there is something special about him,” Chidzambwa said.
Football Insider added: “Brendan Rodgers is a big admirer of Benyu and he feels a move to Oldham is the next stage in the midfielder’s development before coming back to challenge for a place in the Celtic side next season.”
The Scottish Sun also covered the Benyu story.
“And Oldham have reportedly beat off interest from several clubs for the Zimbabwe international’s services.
“… Celtic are already in advanced talks with the English League One side,” they wrote.