Bulawayo football giants Highlanders are understood to have demanded close to R1 million for the transfer of striker Knox Mutizwa to South Africa’ Bidvest Wits.
By staff reporter
Mutizwa’s manager Gibson Mahachi has also allayed fears that the striker’s intended move to South Africa’s premiership side might collapse after the club signed another foreign striker James Keene recently.
Speaking to Standardsport, Mahachi said Bosso had named their price for the youthful striker and were now waiting for Wits to counter offer, or bring the money on the table as soon as the holiday was over.
“Highlanders have since named their price for the striker. What is left now is for Wits to say yes or no or counter offer. I am not at liberty to reveal figures for now,” Mahachi said.
Sources close to the ongoings revealed that Wits coach Gavin Hunt was impressed by the striker and negotiations were at an advanced stage to snatch the striker.
Highlanders chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede said the ball was in Wits’ court for now.
“We have made our demands. What is left is for them to accept our demands or come with a counter offer until we reach an agreement,” Gumede said.
According to Mahachi, the fact that Wits signed another striker would not have any bearing on Mutizwa’s move as there was an agreement already that once he put pen to paper, the club would loan him back to Highlanders until such a time that they would want him in their dressing room.
“I think from the word go, that has been the arrangement. He gets his contract and then he is loaned back to Bosso, period,” he said