An eye for tal­ent

CityPress - - Sport - Daniel Mothowagae –

Free State Stars and Jomo Cos­mos con­tinue to spot qual­ity for­eign play­ers.

Stars’ im­port Camal­dine Abraw is the latest tal­ent to trans­fer to a big club.

The To­golese striker fol­lows in the foot­steps of com­pa­triot Dové Womé who ar­rived at Stars in 2011 and was snatched by Mamelodi Sun­downs in 2013.

Stars also brought in Burk­ina Faso’s top goal­keeper, Daouda Di­ak­ité, at the start of the sea­son, but he suf­fered an in­jury dur­ing his Absa Premier­ship de­but in Au­gust and un­der­went surgery af­ter just one game.

Stars se­cured Zam­bian in­ter­na­tional goal­keeper Kennedy Mweene in 2005, and he moved on to Sun­downs.

Stars’ iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of ex­cep­tional tal­ent (Mozam­bique), Luís Boa Morte (Por­tu­gal), Chiukepo Msowoya (Malawi) and Boubacar Tala­tou (Niger) – and they all flopped.

The Buc­ca­neers this week con­firmed the ac­qui­si­tion of Equa­to­rial Guinea goal­keeper Felipe Ovono and Zim­bab­wean striker Tendai Ndoro, both from Mpumalanga Black Aces.

So far, midfielder Issa Sarr has im­pressed since join­ing the Soweto giants from Plat­inum Stars last year.

The Sene­galese in­ter­na­tional was lured to these shores by Chippa United two years ago.

Chiefs man­ager Bobby Mo­taung said: “Clubs like [Free State Stars and Jomo] dates back to the 1990s.

The club brought in Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo-born striker Bunene Ngad­u­ane, who still holds the club’s record for most goals (79).

Cos­mos is also home to tal­ented strik­ers and some qual­ity de­fend­ers.

The team has Zim­bab­wean striker Charl­ton Mashumba and de­fender Frédéric Ns­abiyumva from Bu­rundi, who both made strong con­tri­bu­tions to Ezenkosi’s pro­mo­tion to the Premier­ship. Mashumba scored 17 league goals.

Let’s not for­get the days of marks­men Ben­jamin Mwaruwari, Tico-Tico Bu­cuane – Cos­mos’ all-time lead­ing scorer with 88 goals – and de­fender Valery Na­hayo. Cos­mos get [for­eign play­ers] raw, build them and ex­pose them by way of play­ing them regularly.

“With Chiefs, it is dif­fi­cult to get a raw player and ex­pect them to adapt quickly. They need time and our sup­port­ers are im­pa­tient.

“Even when I brought Mu­sona, he was abused.

“Had he played here a year be­fore, it would have made it eas­ier, as the player would have been ready to com­pete right away,” Mo­taung said.

Chiefs have Ugan­dan Sula Ma­tovu on trial at present and, said Mo­taung, “we have to pro­tect him and give him time to adapt”.

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