MUTARE-BORN shot stopper, Washington Arubi, was left jobless after South African top-flight league side, SuperSport United opted not to renew his contract.
SuperSport United opted for 29-year-old compatriot, George Chigova, ahead of the ageing former Warriors and Dynamos shot stopper.
The 34-year-old’s chances of retaining his place in SuperSport United books had been hanging by a thread given the lack of game time he endured during the two seasons he was part of the club.
Despite having Dynamos legend, Kaitano Tembo as head coach at SuperSport United, Arubi only featured on the team card as a substitute goalkeeper on 12 occasions.
The writing was on the wall for Arubi at the resumption of the South African Premiership after the Covid-19 induced break when he was notified of the club’s reluctance to extend his contract beyond the end of this season.
But it appears the soft-spoken former Warriors’ Number One really wanted to remain on the club’s payroll even though he had failed to appear in SuperSport United’s first 11 ever since his surprise move to the club at the start of the 2018 season.
Even though Arubi was reluctant to share details of his future plans, reliable sources told Post Sport that he is currently negotiating with a First Division side.
“He did not want to accept the reality that he was no longer wanted at SuperSport United until the last minute. It was clear but somehow he chose to blindly keep the faith that he would sign another contract.
“Now that SuperSport United have registered their players for next season and made it clear that he is not in their plans, he is starting to hunt for a new home.
“He is actually negotiating with a First Division side and they might conclude the deal soon,” said the source.
The Sakubva-born player was not comfortable to open up on his future plans.
“For now I cannot say much because I’m still figuring out my next move. Like I indicated before, I am not yet comfortable to talk about my future permutations,” said Arubi.