By Ryan Cooper
South African premiership side AmaZulu say they are still negotiating with Aces Youth Soccer Academy over the services of Bret Amidu.
Usuthu had announced the signing of the Zimbabwean – younger brother of former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Brian – only for Aces to dispute the transfer.
AmaZulu general manager Peter O’Connor says they are still locked in negotiations and are hopeful of resolving the matter soon.
“We offered them a development fee, but they came back and said they want a lot more than that because he has a professional contract,” he tells KickOff.com. “That’s where we’re sitting at the moment so it hasn’t been resolved.
“But we’re certainly not going to give up. We’re hoping we can reach a consensus with the club going forward because we think the player has something to offer.”
O’Connor also explains that Mohammed Awal-Issah could be in action as soon as next week. It was originally feared that another transfer dispute was brewing after Rosenborg sporting director Erik Hoftun cried foul, but O’Connor says the only issue was his work-permit.
“Rosenborg was not the problem; we were waiting for his work-permit. I don’t know who made that comment because it certainly wasn’t in the email correspondence we had with them. That matter was never raised or discussed.
“They’ve given us the clearance and have completed the ITC clearance. We’ve had verbal notification from Home Affairs that it [work-permit] is out and we just have to make sure we get it in the next day or two.”
AmaZulu have been one of the busier sides during the transfer window, and O’Connor warns that their spending might not be over yet.
“There may be one more player that we need, but it might not be now … it might be in the window period [in January],” he says. KickOff.com