Hre City’s Fran­cisco tries luck at big spenders Azam

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

HARARE City striker Fran­cisco Z ekum­bawi re slipped out of the coun­try early yes­ter­day morn­ing for a two week trial with huge spend­ing Ta n z a n i a n gi­ants Azam with his han­dlers also in­di­cat­ing an in­ter­est from an­other top side, Raja Casablanca of Morocco. The big Zekum­bawire will make his­tory if he makes the grade in Morocco, of be­com­ing the first ever Zim­bab­wean player to play in the Bo­tola, the North African coun­try’s top league.

While Zekum­bawire’s agent, Ge­orge Deda con­firmed both pos­si­bil­i­ties, Harare City spokesman Hope Chizuzu seemed to be aware of the Azam ar­range­ment which Chron­i­cle Sport un­der­stands is as good as done.

“The boy flew aboard a South African Air­ways flight this morn­ing en­route to Tan­za­nia for some tri­als and af­ter that we ex­pect him to catch an­other flight and head for North Africa where Raja Casablanca are wait­ing for him,” said Deda, speak­ing from Tu­nisia yes­ter­day.

Chizuzu though said the for­mer Zim Leop­ards and Hwange hit­man was only go­ing to Azam for a two week trial pe­riod.

“What we know is that he went to Tan­za­nia for tri­als with Azam over two weeks,” said Chizuzu.

He said they have al­ways had an open door pol­icy for their play­ers to leave when­ever an ap­por­tu­nity arises.

“No fig­ures have been thrown yet, but we are more than ea­ger for him to strike a deal and move on where nat­u­rally he will get a bet­ter life for him­self ,” said Chizuzu.

While the of­fi­cial line is that the player has gone for tri­als, sources close to him said that Azam bought an air ticket whose re­turn is mid Novem­ber.

“He is com­ing back in Novem­ber ac­cord­ing to his ticket which iron­i­cally coincides with the Tan­za­nian league’s break. It’s clear there­fore that it’s a done deal be­cause these Azam guys have their scouts in Zim­babwe who give them tech­ni­cal ad­vice on play­ers,” said the source.

At Azam, Zekum­bawire will play along­side for­mer High­landers player Bruce Kangwa.

Fran­cisco Zekum­bawire

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