By Colleen Tafireyi
FRENCH Ligue 1 outfit Lens is strongly interested in securing the services of Kaizer Chiefs and Zimbabwe Warriors’ talented anchorman, Tinashe Nengomasha, who scooped
the South African player and players’ player of the year awards two weeks ago, IndependentSport has gathered.
It has emerged that among a host of other top European sides which have already made inquiries with Chiefs, Lens is leading the pack for the impressive linkman’s signature.
Nengomasha this week confirmed that he would be moving to a number of European countries for trials.
“I am going back to my club soon after the Rwanda game,” he said. “The officials (at Kaizer Chiefs) will update me on the several inquiries that have come through. I am sure I will leave for France and other European clubs which have approached me.”
Lens is said to have offered a good package to the Johannesburg based club. Presently only two Zimbabweans are playing in France – Harlington Shereni of relegated Guingamp and AJ Auxerre’s Benjani Mwaruwari.
Nengomasha’s employment co-ntract at Chiefs expires in June 2005 and any move before that will require a fee.
“He is definitely going to a big team in Europe as soon as an agreement is reached. More than five teams have opened negotiations with us,” said an insider at Chiefs. “Tinashe is a quality player who can make the grade anywhere in the world – Real Madrid included. Lens are leading the race.”
The 22-year-old midfield workhorse was instrumental in Chiefs’ quest for the league championship which they won after 12 years of pain.
Before moving to South Africa two seasons ago, the Glen Norah-born midfielder played for the now defunct Black Aces and Motor Action in the premiership.