Scouts eye Chan players

2014-01-19 14:00

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Coaches hunting for new talent.

Zimbabwean midfielder Kudakwashe Mahachi’s life could change for the better after the African Nations Championship (Chan).

The tournament has turned out to be a gold mine of talent for scouts and coaches.

With the Absa Premiership rated as one of the leading leagues in Africa, many players have come to Chan to play for contracts.

Talent scouts are also using the tournament as a shopping window and Mahachi is one of those who have caught their eye.

He is likely to be snatched by one of the local clubs.

The lively left-winger from Chicken Inn, who is on Mamelodi Sundowns’ radar, is an exciting and pacy player.

Zimbabwe coach Ian Gorowa advised Sundowns not to miss the chance of signing Mahachi.

“He has been on trial with Sundowns and they should not waste any more time, but sign him,” said Gorowa.

The coach thinks Mahachi can make the grade in most South African clubs.

Meanwhile, Uganda coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic had harsh words for his players. He is blaming them for playing for contracts instead of the team.

Micho said it was unprofessional for the players to put their personal interests before those of the team.

“I will have a meeting with all of them. I can see they are playing for contracts as they do things individually,” said Micho.

One of South Africa’s leading business managers, Glyn Binkin, said he was impressed by the talent at the tournament.

He said a few players had caught his attention and he would be following their progress.

“I have seen a few players here and they will be easy to get as they play in their domestic leagues,” said Binkin.

He was particularly impressed with Uganda’s Junior Sentamu, who scored a brace against Burkina Faso in their opening game on Sunday.

Maritzburg coach Steve Komphela said he was impressed by a few players and was going to keep tabs on them.

“This has been a good tournament in terms of talent. I will definitely be making a few calls to see if I can get some of them,” said Komphela.

QRSport’s Tim Sukazi was eyeing a few Zimbabwe players.

“I haven’t watched other teams, but there are a few from Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and I will go for them.

“Most west African players prefer going to Europe and I can’t compete with the European market,” he said.

Meanwhile, Charles Baloyi reports from Polokwane that Didi Nimubona, a consultant from Africa Soccer Connections, believes there is an abundance of talent at the tournament.

The Burundian-born agent is convinced that the Absa Premiership clubs will benefit from signing some of the players.

Nimubona said: “It’s a good platform for young players to get exposure and fulfil their dreams of playing in the biggest leagues in the world.”

The players who had impressed him so far were Ndombe Mubele of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda’s two-goal hero against Burkina Faso, Sentamu, and a few players from Libya.

“Libya impressed me the most as they have 18- and 19-year-olds who did well,” he said.

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