Gombami UK deal on

ZIMBABWE international Honour Gombami is close to signing for English second division side Chesterfield after the club received the player’s clearance from the English Football Association this week.



erdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The 22-year-old Gombami, who has been on trials with Chesterfield for over a month, now awaits a work permit from the British Home office before the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) can issue an international clearance certificate that will enable the player to sign a contract with the Spireities, the club’s website reported yesterday.


Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze told IndependentSport yesterday that his association would present the clearance for Gombami upon request from Chesterfield.


“We are delighted on Gombami’s behalf and we will soon be issuing them (Chesterfield) with the international clearance,” Mashingaidze said. “We are happy that the English FA have already cleared Gombami basing on our testimonial about the player to them, so the rest is now a routine exercise.”


Chesterfield were hoping to have Gombami’s work permit out as early as possible as the Coca-Cola League One (division two) side are eager to beef up their squad that has been depleted by injuries early in the season.


There were fears that Gombami’s move from Highlanders to Chesterfield would be not materialise because of the regulation that a player intending to join a European team should have played at least 80% of his country’s international games in the previous year. But the rule is relaxed for promising young players, and Gombami, who is still trying to earn a regular place for the Warriors, has played at least 10 games for the national team in the past three years, as per requirement.


A former youth international, Gombami can play as an anchor or on the far wing and is competent as both a defensive or offensive linkman. Gombami becomes the third high-profile young player to leave for Europe this year after Cephas Chimedza and Brian Badza who are now in Belgium.


Warriors first-choice goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro is still club-hunting in England after a trial stint at division one side Leeds United. – Staff Writer.

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