Bidvest stars ponder uncertain future

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Tadious Manyepo

Harare - Highly-rated Brave Warriors star Deon Hotto and his Zimbabwe Warriors counterpart Terrence Dzvukamanja face an uncertain future after their South African top-flight side, Bidvest Wits, was sold last week.

The club is set to relocate to Limpopo from Johannesburg and could be known as Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila if the proposed name change by the new owners, TTM, gets approval from South Africa’s football authorities.

The team’s home base will be Thohoyandou Stadium starting from next season.

It is rumoured that Bidvest Group sold the club as they angle to become the principal Premier Soccer League sponsors ahead of ABSA.

TTM this past week tweeted: “We have lodged with the PSL for an official name change. The name will change from Bidvest Wits to Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC as of the beginning of the new season. The team will play at Thohoyondou Stadium as their home ground next season.”

While star players Hotto from Namibia and Dzvukamanja from Zimbabwe are unsure whether or not they will be with the team next season, one man certainly knows what his fate is.

Coach Gavin Hunt has been told his services will not be required by the new owners, and that could also mean the departure of his lieutanants, Paul Johnson and Dillon Shepherd.

Dzvukamanja, who has been linked with a move to Mamelodi Sundowns, Golden Arrows or Supersport, said he was not too worried about where he would be playing next season.

“Yes, the purchase is something one has to be aware of. It is part of the football trenches. It is part and parcel of the game. One has to adjust and as for me, I am already looking forward to a fruitful season with the team,” he said.

“Look, we are football players. A lot may be said about us. I hear there are so many clubs interested in me. But, as of now I am committed to my club and I am looking forward to helping the team achieve set goals for the season and beyond.”

As reported in The Southern Times last week, Hotto has apparently caught the fancy of top clubs Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, and Sundowns; as well as an unnamed side in Qatar.

Hotto is presently one of the best soccer players in Southern Africa, and in April Transfermarkt rated him the second most valuable foreign footballer in South Africa (R24.4 million), behind Zimbabwe’s Khama Billiat (R38.6 million).

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