Talen Vi­sion sign DRC striker

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

AM­BI­TIOUS South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One Soc­cer League side Talen Vi­sion have signed un­her­alded 19-year-old Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo striker Pa­trick Kingambo Body for an undis­closed fee.

Juma Phiri, the Talen Vi­sion man­ager, said the striker, who has been in the coun­try for two weeks, was rec­om­mended to the club by an as­so­ciate and would be reg­is­tered for next sea­son.

Phiri said Body is part of the play­ers that will form the core of the club as they chal­lenge for hon­ours in the 2017 sea­son.

“We’ve started pre­par­ing for next sea­son. We will not be hold­ing tri­als and that is why we’re al­ready sign­ing play­ers we feel will add value to our cause.

“The DRC striker is among the play­ers whom we’ve suc­cess­fully ne­go­ti­ated with to join our club and we’ve al­ready se­cured a visa for him. He is a qual­ity striker and we be­lieve he will give us an­other di­men­sion next sea­son,” said Phiri.

The newly signed striker could join the trio of Mbekezeli Sibanda, Njabulo Mpofu and Tawanda Muchaya who have been in­vited for tri­als at Slo­vakian topflight side FC Vion.

“The man­age­ment met and we’re in the process of sort­ing visas for the boys. Pa­trick is a good striker and since foot­ball is busi­ness, if it so hap­pens that there is an open­ing for him to join the other play­ers for tri­als that will be a wise busi­ness de­ci­sion. In as much as we want to gain pro­mo­tion, it is wise that we do foot­ball busi­ness and trade play­ers for the club’s sur­vival. By af­ford­ing him and oth­ers op­por­tu­ni­ties to fur­ther their ca­reers, we’re show­ing other play­ers that Talen Vi­sion is a club of choice which presents av­enues to greener pas­tures,” said Phiri.

The Con­golese agent who fa­cil­i­tated the hir­ing of Slo­vakian coach Julius Si­mon as Talen Vi­sion’s tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor, ar­ranged tri­als for the trio.

Si­mon started work­ing for the am­bi­tious Bu­l­awayo side in Septem­ber and over­sees Talen Vi­sion’s first team as well as pro­grammes for the club’s de­vel­op­ment sides.

The 55-year-old was capped 24 times by Slo­vakia dur­ing his play­ing days, scor­ing six goals be­fore hang­ing his boots in 2010 at SC Columbia in Aus­tria where he had spent three sea­sons.

At the week­end Talen Vi­sion staged a dra­matic sec­ond half come­back when they beat Bosso 90 3-2, hav­ing gone to half­time trail­ing 0-2.

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