HIGHLANDER’S bid to sign Clement Matawu to boost their squad for the Africa Champions League next year is likely to face a blow as Eric Rosen has expressed his unwillingness to release Matawu to any local club.
not going to any local club,” said Rosen. “No player or coach is leaving Motor Action.”
This followed reports linking the diminutive midfielder to 2006 premier league champions Highlanders who are keen to strengthen their side before the continental campaign next year.
Highlanders chairman Ernest Sibanda confirmed that his team was after the the midfielder. He however said nothing had come out of it yet.
“We want Matawu to join us,” said Sibanda. “We sent the letter to Motor Action on Monday and we are awaiting their response.”
However Rosen said his team would only release Matawu to foreign clubs and three clubs had already shown interest in Matawu’s signature. He could however not disclose the names of the clubs.
“Matawu is wanted by three foreign clubs,” said Rosen. “One European club and north and South African sides are after him.”
He also said that all his players were happy at his club as they had all the facilities. There was therefore no reason for the players to move to a local club.
“We have our own ground, Sports Club,” said Rosen. “Our remuneration is good if not better than most clubs.”
Matawu is one of the best midfielders on the land and has been one of the most consistent players in the league.
l Meanwhile, Keegan Mumba, the Motor Action head coach, has dismissed reports that have been linking him to Masvingo United and his former clubs Shooting Stars and Dynamos.
Mumba was reported to have failed to live up to expectations as he failed to clinch the 2006 league title. Motor Action were favourites to win the CBZ Cup but were booted out by Mwana Africa.
“I am still at Motor Action,” said Mumba. “I am actually renewing my contract for another two seasons.”
He said that releasing players to other clubs would destabilise Motor Action and weaken the national team.
Other players who were said to be leaving Motor Action include Edmore Mufema and Regis Marere who were reportedly wanted by Buymore.
“Regis and Edmore are also not going anywhere,” said Mumba. “It is not our policy to sell players to any local clubs.” — Staff Writer.