Nyasa Big Bullets and Flames centre back, Miracle Gabeya, will have to sweat blood if he is to make it at South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) side, Highlands Park.
Gabeya failed to make the grade at PSL top side, Kaizer Chiefs, after attending trials for two weeks.
He was in the company of three other players who were also trying their luck at Amakhosi.
There was hope amongst soccer lovers in the country that Gabeya would be signed when Chiefs retained him for a further look after releasing a player from Ivory Coast, Ismail Olivier Toure.
But he failed to impress the Glamour Boys’ technical panel, led by Steve Komphela, and was eventually released.
Not wanting to throw in the towel, the defender went on to try his luck at Highlands Park, a club which is reported to have sent back several trialists recently.
According to Kickoff.com, Highlands have in recent weeks turned down the opportunity to sign Reuben Thebakang, Aidan Jenniker and players from Gabon and Benin.
Gabeya is also competing with Nigerian left-back Ayo Oluwafemi for coach Gordon Igesund’s nod.
Oluwafemi, who has spent over a decade in South Africa, was for the past two years playing in Zambia for Zesco United.
He was part of the team’s squad for the CAF Champions League last year.
With Highlands struggling for consistency at the back, coach Gordon Igesund has found reason to assess the 29-year-old.
Kickoff.com reports that Oluwafemi has so far been looking solid at training and it is up to Highlands to make a decision on whether to offer him a contract, having also featured in a friendly against Jomo Cosmos following the team’s return from their mid-season camp in Cape Town.
Oluwafemi played for Cosmos juniors before moving on to University of Pretoria.
He then returned to Cosmos where he made his PSL debut in the 2009-10 season.
The football journeyman also went on to sign play for Maritzburg United, Platinum Stars, Bidvest Wits and Tuks yet again from where he moved to Zesco.
Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs Football Manager Bobby Motaung says the club have left the matter of missing trialist Toure in the hands of the authorities.
Toure was the first to be released before Gabeya was shown the exit at the club.
Chiefs last week announced that Ivorian Toure failed to board a returning flight home after Coach Komphela decided against signing him.
While Motaung previously expressed concern over the whereabouts of the 19-year-old, he says Amakhosi have taken the steps required of them.
“As long as his team knows that we have released him, our part is done,” Motaung told KickOff.com.
“It is not like we are looking for him or we want him. We do not want him, that is why we have released him after all.
“It is up to the authorities to do their investigations. He knows he should not be in a country that he is not supposed to be.”
Fellow trialists Gustavo Paez and Pedro Henrique Dias DeAmorin are still in camp with the Glamour Boys.
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