FC Platinum duo of Walter Musona and Wisdom Mutasa are expected to leave the country on Tuesday for a three-week trial stint at Slovakian top-flight league side FK Senica.
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
The players’ rights owners Aces Youth Soccer Academy (AYSA) together with former Zimbabwe international midfielder Kennedy Chihuri have organised the trials.
This effectively rules Warriors midfielder Mutasa out of the Chan qualifier second leg against Comoros while Musona was left behind by FC Platinum who on Friday flew to the Democratic Republic of Congo for today’s international friendly match against TP Mazembe.
The FK Senica auditions could finally be a breakthrough for Musona who has had trial spells in Tunisia with former African champions Esperance as well as twice at South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns but with no success.
It is however Young Warriors captain Mutasa’s first time to try and join a foreign club.
“They just have to keep cool heads and continue with the good football they have been playing of late. The sky is the limit for them and I believe they can go far. They are going to be experiencing a higher level of football in Europe,” said AYSA director Nigel Munyati.
If they secure contracts with the Slovakian club and hit the heights, the Zimbabweans stand an opportunity to break into the Dutch Eredivisie as FK Senica have a partnership with ADO Den Haag.
FK Senica are also friends with Brazilian side for Cruzeiro who have Julio Baptista as one of the players and are coached by former Brazil and Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo.
The Slovakians are one of the oldest clubs in their country and are based in the western town of Senica while they use the 5 070-capacity OMS Arena as their home ground.
Their biggest achievements have been runners-up finish in the Slovakian Super Liga in 2010/11 and 2012/13 seasons.
Last season they lost in the final of the Slovak Cup.
If Mutasa and Musona fail to secure contracts with Senica club, they are scheduled for another trial stint with an unnamed Czech Republic top-flight league side.
“Kenny [Chihuri] is also talking to a Czech Republic club in case the move to Slovakia does not materialise,” said Munyati.