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Why Usuthu Parted Ways With Top Scorer Kwem

  • June 26, 2024
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Why Usuthu Parted Ways With Top Scorer Kwem

The surprising decision to see AmaZulu part ways with striker Augustine Kwem, the club was paying him R3 million per year and at the same time he was tapped by agents who wanted to make money out of him as a free agent, Sportswire has been informed.

This decision comes despite Kwem being the club’s top scorer last season, netting seven goals in 23 league appearances and eight in 28 matches across all competitions.

AmaZulu had the option to retain the Nigerian striker for another season, but according to a source close to the club, Kwem attracted interest from agents representing clubs in North Africa, particularly Morocco. These agents reportedly advised Kwem to become a free agent to facilitate a potential transfer.

“He kept mentioning wanting to play in Arab nations like Morocco, and these agents were manipulating him,” the source revealed. “They told him the clubs were interested, but only if he wasn’t under contract. Now that he’s a free agent, maybe they’ll sign him, but they weren’t willing to negotiate to buy him from AmaZulu.”

The source further explained that Kwem’s inconsistent performances factored into the decision. “While he scored goals, he was blowing and hot and cold. AmaZulu questioned whether incurring the additional expense was justified, especially considering his salary of R3 million per year.”

“The club wasn’t sure if Kwem was fully committed if they exercised the option on his contract. It was a business decision. With his heart seemingly elsewhere, they opted to let him go.”

In both two seasons with Usuthu, Kwem featured in 50 matches and scored just eleven goals.  

Other departures from AmaZulu include George Maluleka and Veluyeke Zulu. This leaves Junior Dion and Victor Letsoalo as the primary options at striker for the Durban-based side.

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