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Cameroon teenager impresses Mapeza, FC Platinum gaffer wants youngster signed this week

20/12/2017 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Impressed ... FC Platinum, Norman Mapeza

CAMEROONIAN teenager Albert Eonde has charmed FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza during a short trial stint with the Zimbabwe champions where he has scored seven goals at training.

Mapeza is putting together a squad ahead of the Caf Champions League next year and has invited foreign players including Ghanaian midfielder Ibrahim Dauda who is also undergoing trials with the Zvishavane-based side.

While the FC Platinum gaffer, who led the club to the championship for the first time in their history this season, is still assessing Dauda who also scored two goals in his first match, he has already made his decision on Eonde.

Close sources said on Tuesday Mapeza wants the club to sign the Cameroonian before the weekend.

“He (Albert) has impressed the coach. He is quick and intelligent in the box. He has scored seven goals in three matches and he is likely to be signed any time this week,” said the source.

According to his handlers, the 19 year old is a member of the Cameroon youth team and played for second tier club Vitre FC where he scored 19 goals in the 2014-15 season. He also had a stint at Coton Sport Garoua where he netted 16 goals in the 32 matches.

Eonde was playing for Canon Yaoundé where he also scored 16 goals before he came to Zimbabwe.

FC Platinum are also expecting two more foreign players, a centre back from Zambia and another striker from Ghana.

On the domestic scene, they have targeted several players including Ngezi Platinum midfielder Liberty Chakoroma, Highlanders skipper Rahman Kutsanzira and Qadr Amini, among others.

However, Chakoroma, one of their prime targets, is at the centre of an ownership wrangle between Ngezi Platinum and Buffaloes.

Ngezi Platinum argue that the player has a two- year contract with them which runs until December 31 next year.

According to the platinum miners, the player signed for them after his deal with Buffaloes had lapsed.

But Buffaloes secretary Arnold Gatsi said they had a contract with Chakoroma which runs out on December 31 next year.

After losing Gerald Takwara to South African side Ajax Cape Town, FC Platinum are desperate for a replacement.

The Zvishavane side were paired against Angolan giants Deportivo Lero Agosto in a draw conducted at the Caf headquarters in Egypt last week.


Should FC Platinum overcome the Angolan champions, they will face the winner between South African side Bidvest Wits and Pamplemousse of Mauritius in the first round.


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