By Augustine Hwata
HARARE- Premiership champions Dynamos have agreed to release veteran striker Cuthbert Malajila who is joining South African side Mariztburg United on an initial two-year deal.
The Zimbabwe international went to Pietermaritzburg two weeks ago, joining the team for trials, soon after turning out for the Warriors in an international friendly against Botswana in Gaborone.
Malajila is the latest Zimbabwean to join the Supa Diski and Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa on Friday said they had agreed to release the forward to pursue his career on the other side of the Limpopo.
Malajila had a contract with Dynamos until the end of this year and had been registered to play in the African Champions League.
“We told them (Maritzburg United) the fee we want and they said that they will come back to us. They will come back anytime and we are ready to release the player. At the moment I am at not at liberty to disclose the fee,” said Mubaiwa.
Malajila has already agreed personal terms with the modest South African club and he will be joining the team along with new coach Enrst Middledorp. Ironically, the German coach who was appointed on Thursday to replace Ian Palmer, was the same man who failed to sign Malajila when he first came to the side for trials in July 2010.
But while Mubaiwa was not at liberty to disclose the fees, South African football magazine, Kick-off.com quoted Maritzburg spokesperson Younus Kadodia confirming the deal to bring Malajila was close to being finalised.
According to the online magazine, Dynamos are asking R550 000 for the striker.
“Now that he is going, I hope this opens up for other players. We had registered 26 players and its only one slot that has been wasted. There are players who could play, maybe the only problem will be on the positioning,” said Mubaiwa.
The DeMbare boss, who guided his team to end a four-year drought in search of the championship, believes the side could still count on Takesure Chinyama despite reports linking the player to Egyptian clubs.
“At the moment Takesure is here and we are only reading about it in the papers that he is going to Egypt but there has been no official communication,” said Mubaiwa. Malajila’s manager Gibson Mahachi was also happy with the stance by Dynamos.
“The deal is done and it’s an outright sale. Technically he is going there for four years because he has signed for two years and there is an option for another two years,” said Mahachi.
Mahachi said Dynamos would get their transfer fees.
“Dynamos appreciate that Curthy has played his part for them and they have no problems in letting him go,” said Mahachi.
Mahachi said Malajila is now working on putting his papers in place.
“Right now we are doing some paperwork and he will also go for medicals. The paperwork involves getting him a work permit and I truly think that he deserves this chance to play,” said Mahachi.
Malajila was inspirational in Dynamos’ strong title challenge last year after re-joining the side from Libyan side Al Akhdar where he fled from the civil unrest in March last year. The former Chapungu hitman had joined the Libyan side on loan from Tunisian side Club Africain who had signed him in August 2010.
Goalkeepers’ coach Ronnie Kanalelo will continue to hold the fort as caretaker at the club until new coach Middendorp gets his work permit.