Chipolopolo Warriors and former Dynamos striker Edward Sadomba has broken fresh ground by becoming the first Zimbabwean football player to feature competitively in Sudan after signing for renowned African campaigners Al-Hilal in Khartoum last week.
According to The Herald, Sadomba, who turns 26 in August, completed the move, which netted a cool €350,000 (R4 million) for his side, Wits University, even before the Zimbabwean kicked a single ball for the South African side.
A hot property on the Zimbabwean scene when he donned Dynamos’ colours during their fairy-tale semi-final finish in last year’s African Champions League competition, Sadomba’s exploits impressed Wits coach Roger de Sa, but his transfer in January this year was scuppered after the Students discovered they had already exceeded their quota for foreign players.
Sadomba then found himself at an unlikely destination in Mozambique, where Atletico Muculmana took him up on a six-month loan agreement from the South African side. The Mbare-born footballer proved good value for money, scoring seven goals during his five month stay in Maputo.
Sadomba was poised to revert to Wits upon the expiry of the loan deal at the end of the month but received the news last week that he would be moving permanently to Khartoum.
Wits officials confirmed at the weekend that their Zimbabwean signing had been permanently transferred after Al-Hilal “came knocking hard on the door” for a striker of Sadomba’s calibre.
De Sa, a firm believer in raw Zimbabwean talent, told journalists he was sorry never to benefit from Sadomba’s services but felt the deal made good business sense for the club as it enables them to flex more muscle on the market.
Sadomba, who has previously played in South Africa for lower division side Tembisa Classic, was tutored by Regis Dzenga’s Agatha Sheneti Academy at Mt. Pleasant High, graduating into the senior ranks with Dzenga’s Harare United before the move down south. Goal.com