How Platinum snubbed Chungwa
6 February 2018
FC PLATINUM were offered the opportunity to sign Dominic Chungwa soon after he became a free agent but snubbed the chance, H-Metro can reveal.
Chungwa, whose move to South Africa after end of season was not yet certain then, had to ponder on the next move which included renewing his contract at CAPS United.
The 2017 golden boot winner, whose game-to-goal ratio in the just ended season is one of the best in the past decade, eventually joined Polokwane City.
H-Metro can also confirm that FC Platinum could have easily matched the offer by Polokwane, the ABSA Premiership side that had also failed in their bid to secure Dynamos striker Christian Ntouba after they failed to agree personal terms.
Yesterday FC Platinum spokesperson Chido Chizondo said she was not aware of such an offer.
“I have no details on that,” Chizondo said.
An insider at FC Platinum confirmed Chungwa was available.
“Yes, there was a chance to sign him soon after the season started but then it also needed recommendation from the technical team. Although he is good goal scorer, the feedback was that he was not good enough and was unlikely to fit it in perfectly. So we had to look for other alternatives,” said the source.
From being an FC reject, Chungwa found a home at Polokwane who had initially offered Dynamos a figure of around US$125 000 to buy Ntouba.
Dynamos have since confirmed how the deal reached a snag after the player could not accept personal terms.
A source close to the deals said: “With Chungwa it became easier because he was going there as a free agent and Polokwane did not need to fork out that US$125 000 but just invest everything in securing Chungwa with better sign on fees.
“It turned out to be a better deal as Chungwa was ready to play while he was also top scorer in the country. The snub by FC Platinum turned out to be a blessing in disguise.”