SA: Kaizer Chiefs release Godfrey Walusimbi after signing Reeve Frosler and Daniel Akpeyi

By Austin Ditlhobolo

The Soweto giants have beefed up their squad with the signing of two players with the transfer window set to close on Thursday night

Kaizer Chiefs have announced the departure of defender Godfrey Walusimbi five months after joining the club.

The left-back joined Amakhosi from Kenyan football powerhouse Gor Mahia at the end of the July-August 2018 transfer window.

A club statement read: “Kaizer Chiefs have parted ways with left-back Godfrey Walusimbi. The player has opted to go back home to Uganda. We would like to thank Godfrey for his contribution to Kaizer Chiefs and wish him all the best.”

Walusimbi. who made 14 appearances in all competitions for Amakhosi, enjoyed regular game time under Italian coach Giovanni Solinas, but he fell out of favour following the arrival of German coach Ernst Middendorp in December 2018.

The Uganda international’s departure has freed up one of Chiefs’ five foreign spots with the club having recently promoted Happy Mashiane, who is expected to compete with Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya in the left-back position.

The Soweto giants have since confirmed that they have snapped up Nigeria international Daniel Akpeyi, who has joined the club from Chippa United.

“Kaizer Chiefs would like to confirm the signing of goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi from Chippa United. He has signed a contract for 1 year and 5 months,” a club statement read.

The 32-year-old player is expected to solve Chiefs’ goalkeeping problem with the Namibia keeper Virgil Vries having struggled while deputising for injured Itumeleng Khune.

Lastly, Chiefs revealed that they had reinforced their defence with the signing of talented right-back Reeve Frosler, who has been on the books of Bidvest Wits.

“Kaizer Chiefs would like to confirm the right-back Reeve Frosler from Bidvest Wits. He has signed a contract for 3 years and 5 months,” another statement read.

The former South Africa youth international fell out of favour at the Clever Boys after refusing to extend his contract with the former PSL champions.

Frosler is expected to compete with Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Kgotso Moleko in the right-back position.


Zimbabwean Goal Keeper Joins Spanish Side

By Staff reporter

RISING Zimbabwean goalkeeper Martin Mapisa took a huge leap towards his dream of becoming a fully-fledged professional footballer in Europe when he joined Spanish lower division outfit Velez CF. He signed a two-year contract after arriving from Malaga-based side CD Almunecar this week.

The tall 20-year-old goalminder was officially unveiled by the club on Tuesday together with German striker Mathias Comes. Mapisa has been a sensation since joining CD Almunecar from Aces Youth Soccer Academy of Zimbabwe together with compatriot midfielder Abubakar Moffat.

The Tercera División is the fourth level of the Spanish football league system. “Vélez Club de Fútbol is a Spanish football team based in Vélez-Málaga, in the autonomous community of Andalusia.

”Founded in 1922, it plays in Tercera División – Group 9, holding home matches at Estadio Vivar Téllez, with a capacity of 3 000,” according to the club’s official website. However, central midfielder Moffat is likely to remain with his current employers for a further six months with the current transfer window closing today.

AYSA founder and director, Nigel Munyati, confirmed the latest developments. “Yes that is very true, Mapisa is now with Velez and that is quite a big move for his career, the league is very competitive.

“I wish him the very best and like I have already said this group is destined for greatness in the game. “Abubakar is still with his club but it is a good club for his development,” said Munyati.

Another promising young Zimbabwean player Panashe Kuzamba has been invited back for further assessment with Spain’s Segunda Division (Second Division) side Malaga. Kuzamba, who turns 18 in July, is based in Australia and was recommended to Malaga by UK-based Zimbabwean coach Phillip Zulu.

He had trials with Malaga last month and has been invited for further assessment at the former La Liga club after impressing them during his initial attachment there.

“Panashe was at one stage at my academy here in the UK before he was snatched by Marbella City FC academy in Australia who gave him a full-time residence there. And, after impressing at Marbella City, he was invited for trials by Malaga last month.

“They assessed him and they have now lined-up some clubs in the La Liga Under-19 League and Second Division where they want him to play as they prepare to sign him in the next transfer window,” Zulu told our Harare Bureau from his base in Leeds, England, yesterday. He also said another Zimbabwean player Washington Bgoni, a 19-year-old goalkeeper, will soon be heading for trials in Germany.

“Bgoni is currently playing for Francis Marion University (FMU) Patriots in the United States but I’ve organised for him to go for trials in Germany and he will be going there soon,” Zulu said.

Mapisa, Moffat and Bgoni are among a number of talented overseas-based players who are eligible to play for the national Under-23 side in the upcoming African Cup of Nations Under-23 and 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers.

The others are Seth Patrick, Sharma Bako, Admiral Muskwe, Joshua Jeche, Martin Zulu, Kundayi Benyu, Nydam Tristan, Arnold Ndiweni, Jonah Reinhard Fabisch (Jnr), Tawanda Mutoti and Andy Rinomhota.

Source Bulawayo24

Senegal: Abdou Diakhate joins Parma on a long-term deal from Fiorentina

By Taiye Taiwo

The Senegal youth international has joined Roberto D’Aversa’s charges until 2023 after finding playing time difficult with La Viola.

Parma have confirmed the signing of Abdou Diakhate on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Fiorentina.

The 20-year-old rose through the ranks at Fiorentina’s academy but never had the chance to make his Serie A bow in Stefano Pioli’s team.

He joins the Crusaders in his quest for regular playing time and he teams up with countryman Yves Baraye and Cote d’Ivoire winger Gervinho.

“Parma Calcio 1913 announces the signing of Abdou Diakhate (Dakar, Senegal, 31 December 1998) from ACF Fiorentina. The player has signed a contract running until 30-06-2023,” read a club statement.

Parma, placed 12th in the Serie A table with 28 points from 22 outings, are five points adrift of a place in the Europa League playoff spot.

Diakhate was an unused substitute at the Stadio Ennio Tardini as Parma bowed 3-2 to SPAL on Sunday.


Sports: Ghanaian youngster Emmanuel Besea joins Venezia FC on loan

By Emmanuel Besea

Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Besea has completed a loan move from Frosinone Calcio to Venezia FC in the ongoing transfer window.

The 21-year-old endured a difficult season with the Canaries after failing to register a single appearance in the first half of the campaign.

The former Modena youth product will hope to make a great impact for Walter Zenga’s side after reposing their trust in securing his services in their quest to avoid relegation at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Besea’s compatriot Raman Chibsah has so far been an integral member of the Lazio-based side’s set-up in the ongoing campaign.

Venezia is currently languishing in the drop zone with 22 points after 19 game matches.

Source Ghanaian Soccernet

FC Utrecht sign South African youngster Tashreeq Matthews on loan from Borussia Dortmund

By Yusuf Variava

Matthews recently signed for the Bundesliga giants and will welcome his latest move in search of first team football

South Africa youth international Tashreeq Matthews has completed a move to Dutch Eredivisie side FC Utrecht on loan.

The 18-year-old only recently signed for German giants Borussia Dortmund but has found game-time difficult to come by with the club’s youth team.

Nonetheless, with the January transfer window now in full swing, Matthews has penned a loan deal with Utrecht until the end of the season, but also have an option to buy.

Furthermore, the club have revealed that former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Alje Schut, who is the now the club’s head of scouting, was instrumental in the move.

“The 18-year-old South African is rented (loaned) this season from Borussia Dortmund. In addition, FC Utrecht has negotiated an option to buy on the midfielder,” Utrecht’s football director club’s Football Director Jordy Zuidam said in a statement issued by the club on their official website.

“Tashreeq is a great talent from South Africa, a godsend. A compliment to our head of scouting Alje Schut, who played an important role with his network to bind the player to us,” he added.

“Tashreeq is an attacking midfielder, but he can also attack the flanks and is a technically very skilled player, light-footed and so very agile,” he explained.

“He is a player with speed and a good fit in the legs. We have a lot of confidence in the talent of Tashreeq and look forward to the cooperation,” Zuidam concluded.

Meanwhile, Matthews is set to first battle it out for a place in the club’s reserve team who ply their trade in the Dutch Eerste Divisie.