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Badza quits Belgian club

Darlington Majonga

FORMER Caps United striker Brian Badza is back home after prematurely ending his two-year contract with Belgian strugglers Germinal Beerschot.

Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Badza, who joined the Belgian side in August, was expected to touch down in Harare today after terminating his contract with the European club this week.

“He has left Belgium, he’s flying back to Harare tonight,” Gino Laureyssen, the player’s Belgian agent, told IndependentSport yesterday. “It was by mutual agreement between the two parties, the club and Badza himself.”

Badza was in top form when he left Caps United in August, but found it hard to break into the first team at Beerschot, who were Belgium’s representatives in this year’s Uefa Cup.

Cephas Chimedza, another former Caps United player, has however managed to command a jersey at the Belgian top division club, who are languishing in the relegation zone.

“The boy was not happy,” Laureyssen said. “It was the best thing for Badza to go back home, where he might rediscover himself and probably make it to the Africa nations Cup with Zimbabwe.”

The Belgian agent fired a broadside at Caps United, accusing the premiership champions of destroying players by fast-tracking them abroad before they are ready for the rigours of European football.

“Badza was suffering a lot to play in the second team on rainy Monday evenings for 50 spectators. This is not what we wanted,” Laureyssen claimed.

He blamed Caps owner Twine Phiri and his new Belgian agent for the player’s plight, accusing them of wanting to make quick money.

“Our idea was to make the players 100% ready, not 99%, bring them to teams which we are sure they play and they become better for themselves and for your national team,” Laureyssen said.

“When we send the boys to Europe, we want to make sure they are ready. How can you send a player to Belgium when it’s winter and the temperature is -5 degrees Celsius?” he said in reference to Joseph Kamwendo, Caps’ Malawian player who has agreed a deal with Beerschot.

“They are not serious. They just want to make quick money,” Laureyssen charged. “I don’t know why they are doing it, but it’s better for the players to stay in Harare until they are ripe enough instead of having Badza competing with seven other good strikers.”

Laureyssen’s company Euro Club Services was in partnership with Caps for three years before they fell out.

“We tried to do our best and delivered all we had promised. When we came to Zimbabwe three years ago Caps were struggling and Charles Mhlauri was a nobody.

“We helped them but now they seem to be going off track and they are saying they don’t mind even if they lose the championship.”

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