Grace Chingoma Senior Sports Reporter
AS CAPS United continue to bolster their squad ahead of the new season, the Green Machine have signed former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Abbas Amidu on a one-year deal.
Amidu returns to the local Premiership after four years playing outside the country.
He left the country in 2012 when he joined Chiefs before he was deemed surplus to requirements and released to Black Leopards.
Last year, Amidu then joined United Arab Emirates Division One club Masafi on a two-year contract.
This week he resurfaced at Dynamos and has been training with the Glamour Boys before he was quickly signed by CAPS United yesterday.
Amidu becomes the sixth player to sign for the Green Machine.
He joins former FC Platinum midfielder Allen Gahadzikwa, former ZPC Kariba defender Dennis Dauda, returning defender Ronald Pfumbidzai, Edmore “Zikeeper” Sibanda and Cabby Kamhapa.
They are close to sealing a deal with former How Mine midfielder Devon Chafa. CAPS United former players Gilbert Mapemba and Tafadzwa Rusike are also training with the club and being assessed by coach Lloyd Chitembwe.
Yesterday, Amidu, accompanied by his father Amidu Hussein, a former player, signed the deal at the new CAPS United offices in Harare.
The ceremony was attended by CAPS United board member Willard Manyengavana and the player’s manager George Deda.
“In football, sometimes you cannot say much but what I know is that I want to be part of the revival story at the club and help the club win something big this season,” said Amidu.
“As you can see, all the teams are beefing up their squads with teams like Harare City, Dynamos and Chicken Inn buying players. I am sure it is going to be a good season.
“I would also want to play my part. It has been four years since I last played in the local Premiership.
“And I am back playing for one of the big teams. When I left, I was playing for a small club, Black Mambas, but a lot has changed and I have seen and learnt a lot in these years.”
The player said Dynamos had expressed interest in him but he decided to join CAPS United.
“I think it is destiny. When I left for South Africa I was close to signing for CAPS United and they have always wanted me back then so on my return it was easy to resume those talks and here I am. I am happy to join the CAPS United family,” said Amidu.
He also talked about his brother Brett, who is with Dynamos.
“I have been training with him at Dynamos and he is looking sharp and seems serious with his football this season. I am looking forward to competing against him when I face Dynamos,” said Amidu.
His father said he was happy that his sons were making an impact.
“I am happy that my sons are making a living out of football. When they were growing up I would go with them to local matches but their breakthrough came when Tinashe Nengomasha introduced them to Aces Academy.
“They grew up playing football in an academy.
“Abbas is physically fit and likes to train. He has powerful shots and can also dribble.
“Brett has got speed and is faster than Abbas. My wish is for them to get a place in the senior national team. They have played for the junior teams but are yet to really blossom for the Warriors,” said Hussein.