Talent Chawapiwa’s agent has revealed why the player did not sign with Kaizer Chiefs or Mamelodi Sundowns after completing a move to AmaZulu during the January transfer window.
The Zimbabwean midfielder was signed by AmaZulu from Baroka FC just before the transfer window shut last week.
Chiefs and Downs had been linked with the 26-year-old, who helped Baroka win the Telkom Knockout in December with his impressive performances.
Speaking to the Siya crew, Chawapiwa’s agent, Michael Ngobeni from M Sport Management, explained the player’s move to Usuthu.
“Look, I believe that I owe the fans an explanation on why Talent Chawapiwa signed for AmaZulu (instead of Chiefs or Sundowns). As M Sport Management we work differently compared to other management companies. Talent Chawapiwa’s deal was done a day before the transfer window closed. It had been dragging for some time. We had to find out information about the club he was going to join, the position he plays and who else plays in the same position, does the coach believe in the player, and so on,” said Ngobeni.
Chawapiwa joined Baroka in 2017 from Zimbabwe’s FC Platinum.
“We also checked who wanted the player. Was it the management or the coach? Zimbabwe fans and Chawapiwa's fans want to see the player play. He is a national team player and the fans want to see him on the field of play. I’m not going to mention other clubs (that had been interested in the player), because that’s water under the bridge now. But we all know the big two that were chasing Talent. One of the two clubs had been chasing Talent from way back last year in June. We delayed that because we wanted assurance that the player was going to play. We couldn’t just be happy for making people happy that he signed for a big club, but we wanted assurance that a Zimbabwean asset was going to play. At the end of the day, AmaZulu showed love. AmaZulu coach (Cavin Johnson) is a big fan of Talent Chawapiwa. As long as he is fit, he’s going to be number one in his position. He is a player who gives his all. We didn’t want to disappoint him by taking him to a club where he was going to sit on the bench and enjoy the jersey and colours of the club,” added Ngobeni.