TUG-OF-WAR FOR LUNGA
CHICKEN Inn are reluctant to release Devine Lunga for an assessment at Golden Arrows amid indications that the Gamecocks are only ready to strike a deal without trials with any club for the highly-rated left back.
H-Metro exclusively revealed that another South African side approached the Gamecocks this week for negotiations and now it has emerged it is more than just one in what has become a tug-of-war.
“Yes, we have a letter requesting for him to go for trials but we have not decided we will let him go as we prefer clubs ready for negotiations.
“Look, the player was playing at a high level at COSAFA along with some of the country’s best talent and if a club likes the player, they should just make a decision from that,” club spokesperson Tavengwa Hara said yesterday.
Given the request for the player to come for trials at Arrows had come before COSAFA, it will be interesting to see if the SA club will be able to get their way.
The player’s agent Gibson Mahachi had this week indicated that there are enquiries, without revealing some of the clubs interested.
As things stand, chances are high that a bigger club could go on and win the signature of the player but they will have to beat Arrows to that signature.
A source said: “If there was no other interest, like has been the case now, they could easily have given him the green light to leave for SA. But because that is not the only interested club, it makes it difficult for them to release him for trials to just one club and jeopardise other bids.”
Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa has already given a seal of approval that Devine is one of the finest left back players in the country.
“Devine can play that position, Pfumbidzai can play that position. Anyone of them can play on any day. I think we are sorted in that position,” he said.
Of late, Chicken Inn do not favour releasing their players for trials if they are national team players.
Today Elvis Chipezeze is expected to leave for Baroka after the former champions agreed to a deal months ago.
Midfielder Innocent Muchaneka is also widely expected to leave for Maritzburg although no deal has been reached as yet.
Chicken Inn, who are fifth on the log with 27 points, visit Gibbo to face Triangle on Sunday in what is expected to be a tough battle for Joey Antipas’ charges.