NTOUBA DEAL HITS SNAG
4 December 2017
. . . DeMbare agree US$125 000 offer
DYNAMOS striker Christian Ntouba Epoupa could have made his much anticipated move to the ABSA Premiership last week but failure to agree on personal terms stalled the deal.
Bids from Bidvest Wits and Polokwane unsettled the highly rated striker who could have made the move after DeMbare had accepted an offer in the region of US$125 000 as transfer fee from the latter.
Yesterday indications were that the Glamour Boys were still keeping their fingers crossed that Ntouba’s handlers and the South African side will find a common ground, paving way for the Cameroonian striker to move.
Dynamos president Kenny Mubaiwa was not giving much yesterday but confirmed that they were in negotiations with South African clubs, effectively ruling out any chance that he could join FC Platinum for the CAF Champions league.
“We have been discussing with different clubs interested in the striker. Unfortunately the figures that they are willing to pay either to the club or to the player, have not been what we are looking at.
“Yes, we can accept an offer but if the player is also not happy with what they are offering in terms of personal terms, we cannot also not force him. The biggest problem is that we give them our demands in US dollars and to them, that is a lot of money,” Mubaiwa said.
“I cannot go into the figures as such but I can confirm Bidvest and Polokwane are the only clubs serious about signing the player. But nothing has been agreed. We will not stand in the way of the player but at the same time, we will sell him for the right price. I think something in region of US$200 000 is the right price for a player as talented as him.
“We are strongly convinced that he is good enough to go to Europe and any club interested will be getting value for their money.”
Despite putting a US$200 000 tag on the player, SA clubs have continued pursuing a player who hit headlines in Zimbabwe in his first season in blue and white. He still has another year left on his contract.
“Yes, the other option would be a sell on clause but then, the initial offer should be reasonable. We can’t be selling the player for US$50 000 after all the investment we have made. The player is keen to move and we will not stand on his way, but at the right price that will also ensure that it is big progress for him.”
The coming in of other clubs in the picture have ruled out Ajax Cape Town who cannot match the demands by Dynamos and cannot compete with Wits and Polokwane.
Ajax were the first to watch the player in action mid-season but they did not push enough to sign the player then.
If Ntouba eventually makes the move, it will be a big blow for Lloyd Mutasa who must look for a capable replacement if they are to challenge for the title.
Mubaiwa has already indicated that the coach will be leading the club in 2018 to try and win the title won by FC Platinum.
“We know anything can happen with Ntouba so we have lined up possible replacements. I’m sure we will be able to replace him in the event that he makes the move,” he said.