Zimbabwe midfielder Ovidy Karuru might have to end up settling for a return home following the end of his frustrating two-year stay at Kaizer Chiefs.
Karuru is being courted by Zimbabwean giants Dynamos who have indicated they are interested and are making efforts to entice him into signing a deal with the club while ZPC Kariba have also already raised their hands.
However, the 27-year-old is keeping his options open with his priority being game time after battling to establish himself at Chiefs.
Karuru chose to cut ties with Chiefs with a year remaining on his contract following a difficult two years at Naturena in which he never really got to show his qualities.
Though a move back home would most certainly provide him with the game time that he desires it is not his first priority considering that he has also recently played in Belgium and France.
Another Zimbabwean midfielder, Denver Mukamba, is also angling towards a move back to Dynamos following an unsuccessful three-and-a-half-year stay in South Africa.
Mukamba was signed by BidVest Wits just past the halfway stage of the 2012/13 season but didn’t find much joy that he spent with The Clever Boys battling to break through under Clive Barker before struggling to establish himself when Gavin Hunt took over.
Five starts and a single goal is all he had to show for his time at Wits.
A relatively more rewarding loan spell at University of Pretoria then followed where he scored three times in 12 starts before spending the past season again on loan at Jomo Cosmos.
With his contract at parent club Wits up at the end of the month the 23-year-old is now a free agent and is working towards a move back to Dynamos – where he enjoyed his best football prior to crossing the Limpopo River.
Mapeza Unhappy At Musona & Karuru’s African Return
Former Zimbabwe head coach, Norman Mapeza, has voiced his concern at Knowledge Musona and Ovidy Karuru’s decision to return from Europe.
Musona, who is currently undergoing rehabilitation with his German side, Hoffenheim, is being linked with a return to Kaizer Chiefs ahead of the new season, while his compatriot, Ovidy Karuru, is believed to be on the verge of finalising his move to Naturena.
While Chiefs fans will be hoping that the club do snap up the Zimbabwean duo, their former coach is less than pleased at their decision not to stick it out in Europe, even in one of the lower leagues.
Speaking to IndependentSport, Mapeza said, “I have my own views about these two players’ moves but at the end of the day it is what they want that counts and people see things differently.
“I do not think that when you get a chance to go to Europe and you come from a country like Zimbabwe, where we do not qualify for major continental tournaments, you can afford to come back and play in South Africa hoping to go back to Europe one day.
“I think both Musona and Karuru should not have come back, they should have stayed there and worked hard. It’s better to play in lower leagues while in Europe and work hard; chances will present themselves and you will find yourself at the top again. I do not know who is advising these players but I think they are being misled because at the ages of 24-25 years old I do not see why such talented players should come back to Africa after breaking into Europe.”
Siya sources have revealed that Karuru has already agreed to join the Amakhosi, though there has been no confirmation by the club, while Musona’s future remains unclear.