Aces Youth Academy made a good job in polishing this rough diamond as the little player briefly lived under the shade of Thulani Serero, before finding his groove and is now one of the hottest properties in South Africa.
But the Urban Warriors forgot to tell us that they had snared Khamaldinho for a measly R150 000. His stock is rising each day and the tranfermakert.co.uk have put a prize tag of 600 000 euros (US$827 430) on the Mufakose-born player.
We have gathered information that reflects that most Zimbabwean players are being bought by South Africa premiership clubs for a song and this pales into insignificance when compared to South African players moving from one club to the other.
We can tell you that the most expensive player to move to the South Africa premiership in the past 24 months is Simba Sithole on a four-year deal worth R1,2 million.
Moroka Swallows signed national team right back Gilbert Mapemba for R400 000 from CAPS United while Mamelodi Sundowns splashed R650 000 apiece for Method Mwanjali and Nyasha Mushekwi to lure them from the Green Machine.
Tafadzwa Rusike was also signed for R300 000 by Ajax Cape Town, which I feel was unfair for a player of his calibre who had set alight the domestic premiership.
AmaZulu signed Ramson Zhuwawo for R400 000 while Carlington Nyadombo went for R450 000. The figures make depressing reading as the players are entitled to get 10% of their transfer fees while 15% goes to Zifa. Agents who would have facilitated the deals pocket 20% of the transfer fees, more than the player who possesses the talent.
The clubs that nurtured the clubs are left with next to nothing for junior development. Something is just not right.
The small transfers fees that our players are being offered in South Africa are very depressing as the players do not have anything to fall back on in the event of injuries.
Remember when Kaizer Chiefs bought the trio of Thomas Svesve, Zhaimu Jambo and Knowlegde Musona?
The joke in South Africa was “buy one and get three for free” in reference of the players’ value then. But Germany Bundesliga side TSG Hoffensheim later snapped Musona for US$3,38 million. We wonder how much Aces Academy got for Musona when he moved to Kaizer Chiefs.
I believe our players are being undervalued by whoever sits in the boardrooms to negotiate their transfers’ fees or maybe the clubs are so desperate to make a quick buck.
In other countries the first cut is the deepest as players stand to make big bucks on their first transfers, never mind that some of them will still have milk on their noses.
I believe the younger the players, the higher the transfer fees. This is the norm in international football.
The football mother body should set the guidelines on transfer fees for the players otherwise the domestic premiership will bleed to death as there is no money to be gained from transfers.
As it stands, Ajax Cape Town are set to reap thousands of dollars, when Billiat finally moves to Europe and nothing will go into the coffers of Aces Academy for development. Our footballers will continue to be all the poorer if we have set low transfer fees and at the same time clubs should not set outrageous transfer fee to deter players from moving.
I shudder to imagine how much the local players stand to gain in moving to smaller leagues in Swaziland, Mozambique and Botswana. And we have many local players plying their trade in these leagues.
The South Africa premiership is touted the fourth richest league in the world but the rich pickings are not trickling to Zimbabwean players who move on small transfer fees in comparison to their South African counterparts.
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