Future uncertain for Zim internationals

Colleen Tafireyi

THE future of four Zimbabwean international players at the struggling South African premiership side Hellenics is uncertain as the team stares relegation in the face.


<
P>Hellenics has yet to win a league match after playing 10 matches in the current season which kicked off in August.


The Cape Town-based outfit has the highest number of Zimbabwean players and two months ago parted ways with former Warriors mentor,

Dutchman Clemens Westerhof.


Former Dynamos goal-poacher, the combative Makwinji Soma-Phiri, one-time Warriors’ goal-minder Gift “Umbro” Muzadzi, national team trialist and former Young Warriors’ hit-man Musawenkosi Mguni and Allan Johnson, formerly of Motor Action, Arcadia and Warriors left wingback are all registered with the premiership as Hellenics employees.


The “Greek Gods”, as Hellenics are affectionately known, are believed to be in deep financial problems and surviving on a R300 000 monthly grant from the PSL. Their major sponsor, the Seven Eleven Corporation SA (Pvt) Ltd was liquidated earlier this year and it is believed that the poor performance is a result of the poor financial backing.


However, Hellenics chief executive officer, Elijar Hadjidakis, son of major shareholder George Hadjidakis, has continuously denied such reports and even spurned a R7m offer from division one outfit Bloemfontein Celtic to buy the club’s franchise before the current season.


“When I look at the team logo and see that the team was founded in 1963 the idea of selling the team immediately vanishes away,” Hadjidakis was quoted as saying by the South African media.