Petros Kausiyo Deputy Sports Editor
FC PLATINUM midfield enforcer Gerald Takwara would have to deal with the transfer deadline day anxieties amid revelations yesterday that his club and Ajax Cape Town are expected to announce their position on the Warriors international today.

Ajax Cape Town and FC Platinum have been involved in talks in the last 10 days over the 23-year-old former Tsholotsho man’s transfer fee.

But with the transfer window closing today, Takwara was left having to wait to know of his fate on deadline day.

Takwara’s manager, Gibson Mahachi, said yesterday he was awaiting the outcome of the final position that FC Platinum and Ajax Cape Town would have agreed on, especially on the financial aspect of the deal. The Urban Warriors, who have previously been home to a host of Zimbabweans over the years, have renewed interest in local players and last week they dispatched their scouts to Harare, who also expressed an interest in poaching the Dynamos pair of skipper Ocean Mushure and Cameroonian striker Christian Epoupa.

Ajax Cape Town are also understood to be interested in out-of-contract defender Blessing Moyo, who was released by Maritzburg United last month as well as CAPS United newboy John Zhuwawu.But it is Takwara that the Urban Warriors have been talking about with FC Platinum for the last 10 days.

Takwara had initially caught the eyes of the Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo and his scouts during the 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup in South Africa, where he was one of the stand-out players and featured in every game for champions Zimbabwe.

Mahachi remained optimistic that FC Platinum and Ajax Cape Town would seal a deal that would ensure that Takwara moves in the first transfer window and will not have to wait for January to relocate to South Africa.

“The position is that Ajax Cape Town are happy with Gerald and what has been happening in the last 10 days is that FC Platinum and Ajax were negotiating on a fee and we will know by tomorrow what the position is and whether the player beats the transfer deadline.

“Gerald has been training with FC Platinum while the negotiations have been going and the delay over a position has been because the two clubs were still to agree on a fee, but I am sure that will be ironed out by tomorrow,’’ Mahachi said.

Despite giving their coach Norman Mapeza a target to win the Castle Lager Premiership championship, FC Platinum are understood to be willing to sell Takwara.

The miners have already released winger Talent Chawapihwa, who signed a three-year deal with Baroka FC last month, while Walter Musona joined Polokwane City in January.

Mahachi also spoke about bustling striker Cuthbert Malajila.

Malajila reverted to being a Mamelodi Sundowns player after his loan spell at Bidvest Wits expired at the end of the season, where he helped the Clever Boys be crowned ABSA Premiership champions.

Reports from South Africa have been indicating that Malajila could be on his way out of Sundowns again, amid revelations that there is interest in the former Chapungu, Dynamos and Highlanders striker from Saudi Arabia, while a few PSL clubs are said to have enquired about his availability.

Mahachi, however, said there had been no official word from Sundowns on whether the reigning African champions would be sending Malajila out again.

Malajila has also since recovered from a long-term injury that forced him to miss pre-season training with the Brazilians.

“Technically, Cuthbert is back at Sundowns as he still has a contract running with them.

“He has also in the meantime submitted his application for a residence permit.

“He has fully recovered and he is training with Sundowns.

“The player is theirs and they will decide what they want to do with him, but chances are that he will stay given that there is only one day before the transfer window closes and they have not indicated anything to the player about any loan deal elsewhere,’’ Mahachi said.

Should he be granted a residence permit, it could enhance Malajila’s chances of being retained by the Brazilians as he would not have to compete for a place on the quota reserved for foreign players.

But given the surprises that often characterise transfer deadline day in most professional leagues, it would not come as a huge shock if any of the Zimbabwean internationals also feature in the final day movements.

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