Simba SC denies approach for Zambian striker

14May 2020
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC denies approach for Zambian striker

SIMBA SC Chief Executive Officer, Senzo Mbatha, has said that there are no ongoing negotiations between the club and South Africa's Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit, Orlando Pirates, regarding a possible deal for Zambian forward Justin Shonga.

Justin Shonga

Shonga joined Orlando Pirates during the 2018/19 season and despite having had a solid start to his life with the South African giants, he has since tailed off.

This season, the 23-year-old has struggled for regular game-time, making only 11 appearances across all competitions and without being directly involved in a goal.

As a result, he has been constantly linked with a move away from the Soweto Giants.

At the start of this campaign, many reports suggested that Shonga would join Simba on a possible loan deal.

With his Pirates situation seemingly getting worse, Shonga is said to be considering exiting the cold benches in search of first team action elsewhere.

Simba are once again being heavily linked with acquiring his services.

However, as reported by South African Football Magazine Soccer Laduma, CEO Mbatha denied they have initiated talks with Shonga and, like many others, he read the transfer rumours in the media.

“I have also read the same reports on social media. It is obvious that speculation is rife during this time of the year as we are nearing the June/July transfer window,” Mbatha said.

“Officially, as the club we have not been in contact with the player or his club for his services. We are currently focusing on our players whose contracts are about to expire at the end of the current season. We are trying to tie up those,” he added.

“As for new recruits, the registration committee has not met and or finalised on the matter.''

''We still have an unfinished league, which is also our immediate focus. We are hopeful that this can also be concluded judging from the statements from the government this past weekend.''

Simba are on the search for a new striker as they look to add even more firepower up front and ease the burden on talisman Meddie Kagere and John Bocco.

Should Simba decide to pursue Shonga, who has 16 goals and similar assists in 77 appearances in all competitions for Pirates.

He could come with a hefty price tag given the financial difference between the lucrative South Africa Premier Soccer League and the Mainland Tanzania Premier League.

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