Knox Mutizwa

Opportunity Knox

Fungai Muderere
SOUTH African Absa Premiership side Bidvest Wits were by end of the day on Wednesday expected to have announced their offer for the services of Highlanders 2015 wonder boy Knox Mutizwa, B Metro Sport has learnt.

Mutizwa’s agent Gibson Mahachi said Bosso asked for a “reasonable amount” and in that regard, Bidvest Wits have been busy preparing to cough up.

“Although I cannot state the actual figures, I must say Highlanders asked for a reasonable amount and Bidvest Wits have been preparing their offer. They should have sent it by the end of the day on Wednesday because they were actually impressed after assessing the player’s tactical ability and other specifics,” said Mahachi.

The 22-year-old Mutizwa recently extended his stay at Bosso by a year in a move that was aimed at ensuring the Bulawayo giants benefit financially when he makes a move.

His two-year contract was due to expire at the end of this month. Impeccable sources told this publication that the Bulawayo football giants have put a $100 000 price tag on the 2015 Golden Boot Award winner and Soccer Star of the Year second runner-up.

If the two parties reach an agreement, Mutizwa will join fellow Zimbabwean international Onismor Bhasera at the Mzansi football outfit.  Bhasera joined the Clever Boys in August 2013.

Wits recently had English striker James Keene on trial with the club but coach Gavin Hunt chose not to rush into offering him a contract. Kenyan striker Michael Olunga was also on trial in August, but nothing came out of that training stint.

The Clever Boys have kept one foreign space open which allows them to still sign another foreign player during the course of the current season.

Mutizwa, a Highlanders first team member since 2011, rose to prominence this year with his prolific goal scoring prowess when he scored 14 league goals in 18 league matches having started in 15 of those fixtures.

This saw him win the Golden Boot award worth $4 000 at the Castle Lager Soccer Star of the Year awards and also took the second runner-up accolade with a value of $2 000 during the same ceremony which he, however, missed as he was undergoing trials at Wits.

Mjomani, as Mutizwa is warmly known to his close associates, got the perfect opportunity to bid Bosso faithfuls farewell by leading the club’s frontline as team captain in the final of the Easycall Cup against league champions Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium a fortnight ago.