Algerian champions USM Alger have sensationally entered the race to sign unsettled CAPS United forward Abbas Amidu.
BY SPORTS REPORTER
Egyptian side Smouha were thought to be on the brink of signing the 27-year-old with personal terms settled and a transfer fee almost agreed with CAPS United.
But latest reports from Algeria suggest that USM Alger haven’t given up hope of signing the powerful Zimbabwe international forward and were willing to counter Smouha’s offer.
“CAPS United forward Abbas Amidu has confirmed interest for his services from Algeria’s USM Alger. The Zimbabwe international also denied any direct links with any Egyptian clubs after being linked with Smouha,” reported an Algerian football publication Africa Football Online.
Efforts to get a comment from Abbas were fruitless, but sources close to the player confirmed that although he was close to agreeing a deal with the Egyptian club, he was also willing to weigh USM Alger’s offer.
Abbas, who has previously featured for South African sides Kaizer Chiefs and Black Leopards, joined CAPS United last year after a stint at United Arab Emirates Division One side Masafi SC.
The talented player last week revealed that he had turned down a $1 million deal from five-time African football champions Zamalek to settle for modest Smouha where he believes he will get game time.
“I turned down the offer from Zamalek and I am going to Smouha,” Amidu told our sister paper NewsDay last week.
“I believe I made the right decision because I think it is important for my career to go to a modest club where you are guaranteed game time than to just plunge and sign for a bigger team where you might not be given game time. That is the most important thing for me. I will be leaving for Egypt next week.”
Amidu is currently in camp with the national team ahead of the African Nations Championship showdown against Namibia today.