5 July 2016
. . . 8 more years abroad
FORMER Warriors midfielder, Ovidy Karuru says â€“as things stand â€“he will only return to the domestic Premiership in EIGHT YEARS time when he turns 35.
Amid claims that his signature was being sought by Dynamos, FC Platinum and ZPC Kariba, Ovidy said he is surprised by reports suggesting he is returning to play in Zimbabwe.
Ovidyâ€™s contract at South African Premiership giants, Kaizer Chiefs was terminated last month, a year before its expiry date.
He had failed to break into the starting line-up although he made a few substitute appearances while having to play in the MultiChoice Diski to stay fit.
When he tried to make a move during the mid-season transfer window, there were problems with South African clubs not willing to take him on board given his Kaizer Chiefs salary.
Ovidy then turned down a move to Botswana where Kaizer Chiefs had received an offer.
However, Kaizer Chiefs and Ovidy reached an agreement that they would end their marriage in June if he failed to secure a regular place in the team.
In an exclusive interview with H-Metro on Monday, Ovidy said he is going back to South Africa this week to sort out his future.
â€œI am going back to South Africa on Wednesday and start working on my next move. There are a number of options in the South African Premiership and a possible return to Belgium and if all that fails there is still the NFD in South Africa if the worst comes to the worst.
â€œBut Zimbabwe is not an option right now, chances of that happening are less than one percent. In fact, I am only expecting to return to the Zimbabwe league when I am 35,â€ said Ovidy.
He said he was shocked to read reports linking him to local clubs.
â€œI was shocked to find that people found it easy to conclude that once my contract at Kaizer Chiefs was terminated it automatically meant a return to Zimbabwe. There are 16 teams in the ABSA Premiership and there is also the NFD in a worse scenario before Zimbabwe becomes an option.
â€œThe truth is there has not been a single club in Zimbabwe that contacted me directly, all the reports have been baseless.â€
He conceded that his stay at Kaizer Chiefs was frustrating.
â€œIt was very tough. Of course it is interesting that after the club failed to achieve targets, they chose to axe those who hardly played and retained the bulk of those that failed yet the team stuck to the same line-up for most matches.
â€œMaybe we were not good enough to be considered but having to play in the final five or 10 minutes is frustrating because you cannot then express yourself enough to play the next game. I want to believe I did not get a chance to express myself but at the same time I accept Kaizer Chiefs are a pressure club and coaches have little time to attend to fringe players.â€