APR’s Papy undergoes trials at Bidvest Wits
Following an outstanding season with APR, South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) club Bidvest Wits University is contemplating on signing Faty Papy.
The Burundian international snubbed the on-going Cecafa Kagame Cup in Dar es Salaam to undergo trials in South Africa and although he was unwilling to elaborate on a potential move to Wits University, he affirmed that it would be a dream come true to play in the PSL.
“This (PSL) is one of the biggest and most popular leagues on the continent so being able to play in it would be a great step up for me,” the soft-spoken midfielder said.
Last week, former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Antonio Lopez Habas was named coach. The Spaniard had been linked with the Wits job since it became vacant last month following the sacking of Roder de Sa.
Wits struggled last season but have revamped the squad with a number of new signings ahead of next season.
The latest signing is Botswana international star Ofentse Nato.
The midfielder was on the wanted list of University of Pretoria and SuperSport United, but opted to further his career with The Clever Boys.
The 22-year-old defensive midfielder has been a key part of the recent revival of the Botswana national side and played at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon earlier in the year.
He joins an impressive list of new signings which includes Matthew Pattison (Santos), Ayo Oluwafemi (free agent), Thokozani Mshengu (Bloemfontein Celtic), Tinashe Nengomasha, Thomas Sweswe and Tlou Molekwane (all Kaizer Chiefs), Masibusane Zongo (SuperSport United) and former Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena (Portsmouth, England).
Papy joined APR at the beginning of the season on a two-year contract after spending two seasons with Turkish side Trabzonspor.
He was instrumental in APR’s double (Primus National League and MTN Peace Cup).