Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Teenage Hadebe has completed his move to US side Houston Dynamo from Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor.
The club confirmed that the Zimbabwe international signed a three-year deal.
Dynamo coach Tab Ramos said the left-footed defender was over the moon following the switch.
“What I can tell you is that Teenage is very excited about coming. He wanted to choose here, although he had other opportunities that were the same or better,” Ramos told Houston Chronicle.
“And from speaking with him, he’s a very humble player who’s willing to come here and work as hard as he can and we’re excited about that.
The club’s general manager Matt Jordan echoed Ramos’ words, saying Hadebe fits well into their type of play and will be a good addition.
“He fits very well into our system and our style of play. He has incredible recovery speed. He’s excellent in the air, he’s naturally left-footed. He has been competing in a league that is a very athletic league that is very similar to MLS,” explained Jordan.
“There’s a lot of transition. So I think really, what’s been important for us is to sit as a technical staff and with Tab and go through positional characteristics within our system,” he added.
The 25-year-old, who is capped 29 times, helped Zimbabwe qualify for the next African Cup of Nations finals set for Cameroon. During his two-year spell at Malatyaspor, he rose to become a key player, making 60 appearances.
Prior to his time in Turkey, Hadebe starred for Chiefs in 2019.
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By Mthokozisi Dube