Zambian midfield maestro Clatous Chota Chama has joined Moroccan outfit RS Berkane on a three-year deal.
The Berkane-based club recently hired highly rated Congolese coach Florence Ibenge to head the technical team.
‘Triple C’, as he is affectionately known, joins the 2020 Caf Confederation Champions shortly after winning his third league title with Tanzania giants Simba SC.
Chama joined Simba Wekundu wa Msimbazi back in Simba SC back in 2018 after he terminated his contract with Lusaka Dynamos in July 2018 and he has since been a key component in the team.
Chama signed a new deal last year which would have kept him at the Dar es Salaam side up to December 2024.
The 30-year-old was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2019-20 season in the Tanzanian Premier League. That season, in which Simba completed a domestic sweep triumphing in the Community Shield and the FA Cup, he was also named Midfielder of the Season.
North Africa is no new terrain for Chama, who had a stint he would want to quickly forget with Egyptian side El Ittihad in 2017. Despite signing a three-year deal, he could not be registered after a contractual rift between the two parties barely three months after agreeing terms with the Alexandria club.
In February 2017, he left the club before making an official appearance. “Egypt was crazy, I signed a pre-contract and I got the money though it was difficult to get it. Just before the season started, they didn’t want to give me the official contract so I told them I would not play any game until I got the official contract.
“They thought I was joking and the deadline for registration of foreign players arrived. They went behind my back to ask for my ITC (clearance), but I wrote to FAZ (Football Association of Zambia) to hold onto it until I cleared them. I stayed in Egypt for two weeks in the house without going anywhere,” he told FARPost.
By Mthokozisi Dube