Cleopas Dube in South Africa to finalise deal

HIGHLANDERS FC player Cleopas Dube was expected by South African National First division side Witbank Spurs yesterday to finalise his move.

Sukoluhle Mthethwa
Sports Reporter

The Bosso forward was invited for a one-week trial stint by Witbank Spurs last month and impressed the First Division campaigners from Mpumalanga Province.

Highlanders chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede yesterday confirmed Dube’s departure to Southern Eye Sport.

“We have agreed with Witbank Spurs.We are in the process of clearing Cleopas Dube to Witbank Spurs. We have sent paperwork to Zifa for the international clearance certificate.

“He should be in South Africa today (yesterday) so that they finalise on the finer details of the deal with the club,” he said.

On reports that the club will pocket about $30 000 on the striker’s move Gumede said: “We did not get that amount of money.

Initially we wanted an even higher amount than $30 000, but Witbank Spurs said they are not a club like Orlando Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs which can raise that amount.

“We have a provision that should he perform well and he is spotted by another team we would want a share,” the former Highlanders chairman said.

Dube’s deal with Bosso was to expire on December 31.

“This has vindicated us because players think that if you have a long contract it will hold them back. Our philosophy is that if players see that the grass is greener that side, we build a bridge to make sure they get to that other side. If a player leaves the club using the proper channels when he has problems with the new club he could always come back.

“We are making proper arrangements and have not been stressed by agents with dubious qualifications who sometimes spoil deals. We have been able to do this without any intermediary,” Gumede said.

Dube joined Highlanders from ZPC Hwange at the beginning of last season and was loaned to Division One side Plumtree Chiefs (then Bulawayo Chiefs) mid-season before returning to the Bulawayo giants at the start of the 2014 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.

Bosso also cashed in on the sale of leftback Khumbulani Banda who moved to Absa (PSL) club Maritzburg United last month.

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