Domestic football player of the moment Gastin Simkonda has reportedly snubbed offers for trials with two South African National First Division sides Jomo Cosmos and Black Leopards opting for peacekeeping military duties.
Cosmos revived its advances for the Super League leading scorer last week through its local agent Ben Chiwaya, but it fell through after the player said he cannot make it now.
“Before approaching MDF authorities, I contacted Gastin as well as Moyale team manager Victor Phiri on our intention to invite him for trials for just a few days.
“But Gastin told me that he will be going abroad in DR Congo for military duty and as such, he cannot commit himself to attending the trials,” said Chiwaya who claimed to have been sent by his boss and Cosmos owner Jomo Sono.
“Jomo was impressed having watched him in the recent Afcon 2015 qualifiers and instructed me to make arrangements to have him flown over to Johannesburg for trials. Nevertheless, we’ll continue with the hunt for another player,” he said.
Apparently, Leopards had also earmarked the player for assessment during the festive break with the hope of roping him in during the January transfer window.
Phiri confirmed that the player is set to leave for military duty soon.
“The exact period is not known, but his position is that he would rather go for duties first than attending trials,” said Phiri.
Simkonda himself said he would comment on the issue at an appropriate time.