Patson Jaure

Zambia flashes money

Raymond Jaravaza
TWO weeks ago few local football followers were aware of the existence of one Buildcon Football Club.

For those still in the dark Buildcon FC is a Zambian club referred to as an ambitious football team with an African multi-national squad that boasts of players from Burkina Faso, Uganda and Kenya among other countries.

Respected South Africa sports journalist Marc Strydom even reckons Buildcon FC are an emerging version of TP Mazembe a�� the Democratic Republic of Congo giants that never shy away from enticing the best players from across Africa with bucket loads of money.

Buildcon FC recently came knocking on Zimbabwean borders, flashed the American greenback (US$) and two local players, the number could increase in the weeks that lie ahead, didna��t hesitate to trek North into Zambia.

Speculative figures being thrown around are that Nqobizitha Masuku of FC Platinum was lured with a salary four times the $1 000 per month that the Zvishavane-based team paid him.

a�?He made the move to join a Zambian club last Friday and as per club policy we could not stand in his way. All I can say is that it was good business for the club and we wish him the very best,a�? said FC Platinum spokesperson Chido Chizondo.

In Mhondoro, Premier Soccer League side Ngezi Platinum also lost Patson Jaure to the same Zambian club.

Ironically, both Ngezi and FC Platinum are sponsored by the biggest platinum mining company Mimosa Holdings and are arguably the best paying teams in the country.

The local league is two and half months away from kick-off and judging by the calibre of players that Ngezi and FC Platinum have lost to Buildcon FC, it remains to be seen how many more stars will make the great trek up North to Zambia.

A Bulawayo football analyst Dave Simba was, however, quick to remind B-Metro Sport that the football community must not forget the promised paradise in Tanzania that lured local players to clubs like Singida United only to discover that all that glitters is not gold.

a�?Late last year Wisdom Mutasa and Elisha Muroiwa returned home from Tanzania after just one season at Singida United because the club failed to deliver on its promises. We can only wait and see how the Zambian side will treat Jaure and Masuku,a�? said Simba.