NTOUBA’S INJURY BLOW
5 January 2018
DYNAMOS striker Christian Ntouba Epoupa’s move to the ABSA Premiership now hangs in the balance after he suffered an ankle injury during trials at Bidvest Wits.
The Cameroonian striker, who was expected back in the country yesterday afternoon, needs four weeks to regain full fitness.
The player’s manager Gilbert Sengwe admitted that the injury was a big blow as chances are now slim that any other club will agree to sign him this January whilst he is carrying an injury.
“It is really a big blow for the player. When he arrived in South Africa from Cameroon, he only played a few minutes for the club in a friendly match and was injured. All along, he was on the sidelines expecting to get better but the club’s doctors say he needs upto four weeks.
“His visa is only valid for two weeks so he just had to return. I’m expecting him in the country this afternoon,” Sengwe told H-Metro.
Initially, ABSA Premiership side Polokwane had offered a transfer fee in the region of US$125 000, an offer Dynamos had accepted before the player failed to agree personal terms with the cub.
Wits on the other hand seemed to have made a counter offer, but wanted to first look at the player as they felt the price of the player was huge.
Dynamos had placed a US$200 000 tag on the player when the bidding war started.
The developments could leave DeMbare with mixed feelings.
They were expecting to cash in on the Cameroonian striker and use the money to solve some of their financial challenges that have left them in danger of losing a number of players who are out of contract.
If Ntouba does not make a move, it also means that coach Lloyd Mutasa goes into 2018 season with the top striker leading the attack to change their fortunes.
Asked on why the player took the risk of trials and not accept the ready offer from Polokwane, Sengwe said: “Yes, the club was comfortable with the offer, but when you are representing a player, you also have to respect the feelings and demands of the player.
“That is why we ended up going the trials instead. We did not foresee this and it is very unfortunate.”
Ntouba was first choice target for Polokwane City and Ajax Cape Town without the trials.
Although Ajax were not prepared to pay much, a highly-placed source at the club said DeMbare’s best bet was a good sell-on clause in the agreement.
“They had since given up on the striker after the entry of other South African clubs in the race. And that is one of the reasons they ended up settling for former Orlando Pirates striker Tendai Ndoro to lead their attack,” said the source.
Polokwane on the other hand settled for 2017 golden boot winner Dominic Chungwa, and the CAPS United gunman has since joined his new club.
The reality is ABSA Premiership teams making January transfers want players that will start playing now.
As things stand, Ntouba will not be the best option though chances are high the Cameroonian, who still have a year on his contract with Dynamos, could still make a move in the next transfer window.