SOUTH AFRICAN Absa Premier Soccer League side Maritzburg United head coach Steve Komphela is expected in Bulawayo this weekend on a scouting mission for Dynamos midfield enforcer Devon Chafa.
Dynamos will face Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday. Chafa served a nightmarish six months on the sidelines after Fifa banned him for testing positive over the use of a drug with a prohibited substance while in action for the Warriors against Egypt.
At the time of his ban, Chafa had acquitted himself well as the preferred first choice to shield the Warriors defence and was subsequently forced out of the third edition of the African Nations Championships which were held in South Africa early this year.
But the midfielder has returned in action for DeMbare this season proving that he still has the glimpses of what made him a household name, though he is yet to reach his best.
This publication has exclusively learnt that Chafa was initially invited for a trial stint with “the team of choice”, but Komphela later decided to come and see the midfielder in action for the champions.
Efforts to get a comment from Komphela were fruitless, but Chafa’s manager Gibson Mahachi confirmed the developments.
“I can confirm the information you have. There is something like that which is happening. But at the moment I cannot confirm if he (Komphela) is coming, something might change along the way. But tentatively we are working on that,” Mahachi said.
If Chafa impresses Komphela he will join compatriot Terrence Mandaza at Harry Gwala Stadium, who is already in the books of Maritzburg.
Dynamos head coach Kalisto Pasuwa’s quest of retaining the league crown are likely to be thrown into jeopardy in midseason with a number of players wanted by South African club.
The champions have already lost the services of big goalkeeper George Chigova with the list expected to grow in the not so distant future.
Reliable midfielder Steven Alimenda, Ronald Chitiyo and Rodreck Mutuma could be on their way to South Africa in the next few weeks.