12 May 2017
GOLDEN Arrows could request an extension of Knox Mutizwa’s loan deal after the former Highlanders player impressed in his six-month stint.
Mutizwa has so far scored four and made three assists as he tried to rejuvenate his career which seemed hanging by a thread.
He lacked game time at his parent club Bidvest Wits who are chasing for the ABSA Premiership title, a development that had led some critics to say he was not ready for a foreign league.
Golden Arrows extended the contract of another Zimbabwe international Danny Phiri and they could also extend Kuda Mahachi’s deal if they get their way.
“Mutizwa’s case is similar to that of Kuda. Their contracts are still running and it will be upto the parent clubs to decide on the future of those players,” said the player’s agent Gibson Mahachi.
Mutizwa will end as one of the club’s top goal scorers despite being there for a short while.
The impact of the three Zimbabweans – Knox, Deco and Kuda – has been big at the club and chances are they could come back stronger next season if they keep most of the players.
Although Golden Arrows have a great chance of extending the player’s loan, it is unlikely that Wits will sell him permanently as he is regarded as one for the future.
“As I said, it is upto the parent club. But generally he has done well and next season he could be more settled,” added the manager.
Wits have one of the strongest teams in SA and the caliber of players they have make it impossible for Knox to revert back and claim a starting place.
They are also home to Warriors veteran striker Cuthbert Malajila who has also been fighting hard to make an impact.
A lot of football analysts criticised Mutizwa’s move to Wits from Highlanders, highlighting that he could again find it difficult, just like Denver Mukamba before him.
Just like Mutizwa now, Mukamba was eventually loaned out several times but he had already been damaged after lacking game time when he initially moved to the ABSA Premiership.