4 September 2017
FC PLATINUM defensive midfielder Gerald Takwara is now certain to move to Ajax Cape Town for free in January unless his club manages to convince him to extend his contract.
The two clubs could not agree on a transfer deal before deadline last week for a player who now has only three months left on his contract.
“All I can say is that we did not reach an agreement with the SA team. Gerald will be an important player for the team for the remainder of the season,” FC Platinum spokesperson Chido Chizondo said.
H-Metro exclusively revealed last week that the two clubs had reached a deadlock and unlikely to find a compromise.
It is understood the ABSA Premiership club was initially offering something around US$20 000 for the player given that his contract was about to expire.
FC Platinum will now be hoping that the player will extend his contract so that they can benefit something when he eventually makes a move.
Chizondo could not however reveal their strategy in the next weeks.
Sources close to the player however points to a big loss looming for the Premiership side.
“FC Platinum should have accepted whatever that Ajax was offering and ensure that they reach an agreement that allows them to benefit when the player is eventually sold to a bigger club.
“So a clause in the transfer agreement would have ensured that they benefit more in the future.
“And in worst case scenario, they should have released the player for free and then have that same clause in the transfer agreement. The fact that the player’s contract is about to expire means that they went into the negotiations with less bargaining power,” said the source.
It is also understood that though, FC Platinum were willing to sell knowing the contractual situation of the player, but they felt the SA club was not negotiating in good faith.
“There was too much shifting of goal posts and it didn’t help the situation at all. Time was running out, the player was desperate for a move, FC Platinum wanted to safeguard their future interests and Ajax was not so desperate in this case and they can still get their man in January,” added the source.
If the situation on the ground is anything to go by, Ajax could also lose the player to other interested clubs between now and January.
Takwara impressed a number of SA clubs at the Cosafa Castle Cup won by Zimbabwe.