Striker Evans Gwekwerere has finally left Harare giants Caps United to join Botswana champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
Gwekwerere’s many attempts to leave Caps were previously blocked but this time he can walk out freely.
The former Warriors attacker was in Botswana last week for contract negotiations and missed Caps’ trip to Chiredzi for the Mbada Diamonds Cup quarterfinal clash with Buffaloes.
Whilst he remained a crowd-favourite at his club, the former Dynamos front man has struggled for game time at Caps this season, besides falling out of favour with former coach Lloyd Chitembwe.
Under the Taurai Mangwiro regime Gwekwerere was used sparingly and also served a two-week suspension for indiscipline.
Caps chief executive officer Max Mironga confirmed Gwekwerere’s exit adding the club does not stand in the way of players wishing to leave.
“He came to the office and told me he did not wish to extend his contract which expires in two months’ time,” said Mironga. “He also said he had started his search for a new club. We will not persuade him to sign a new contract, it looks like his mind is made up and he wants to go elsewhere and it would be dangerous to hold on to someone who wants to leave.”
Gwekwerere went to Botswana last week for contract negotiations with Mochudi Centre Chiefs which is coached by former Highlanders gaffer Madinda Ndlovu.
The striker has since returned home but has not reported for training.
Gwekwerere pressed for a move to rivals Dynamos during the midseason transfer window, which Caps blocked.
Mironga said if the player returns to training he can still be considered for the last few matches which also include the Mbada Diamonds Cup.
Caps have since lined up a replacement for Gwekwerere after agreeing in principle to sign Zambian forward Jeffery Kapelwa who impressed during a two-week trial a few months ago.
The deal will be concluded at the end of the season, but in the meantime the Green Machine continue preparations for next term with the acquisition of former Aces Youth Academy star Benson Maglasi.
The hotshot who was also tracked by Dynamos before the beginning of the season has started training with Caps.
Maglasi is so highly rated that he has already been to four European countries for trials and made the grade in Belgium, but Aces’s valuation was the sticking point and the deal collapsed.
The attacking midfielder starred for Laliga last season.
He is ready to re-launch a promising career at Caps after a deal was brokered by his manager Kevan Jonathan who also manages Caps captain, Tapiwa Kumbuyani.