Sudanese football giants, Al Hilal, have reportedly tabled US$1.7 million for the services of Brave Warriors defender, Teberius Lombard, the Windhoek Observer can reveal.
The Windhoek Observer is reliably informed that Al Hilal are willing to pay US$9,000 (about N$121,000) per month for the 29-year-old Lusaka Dynamos player.
Lombard joined Lusaka Dynamos from Tura Magic Football Club in February this year on a three-year-deal after an impressive performance at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament that took place in Morocco earlier this year.
He joined Magic in 2008 while the club was still in the first division and was then loaned to Orlando Pirates for the 2009/2010 season before re-joining Magic in 2010/2011 to help the team win promotion back to the Namibia Premier League (NPL).
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer this week, Lombard made no secret about his desire to play in Sudan.
“I just heard about that on Monday (22 October). I still need to sit down and talk to my boss at Lusaka Dynamos because I am still a Lusaka Dynamos player. They (Lusaka Dynamos) did not tell me how much the offer is, but I heard that the Sudanese club wants to buy my contract for 21 million Kwacha. ZESCO and Zanaco are also interested in me. I would love to move to Sudan and play champions league football,” Lombard said.
Lombard is very much part of Brave Warriors coach, Ricardo Mannetti’s, plans as he has been a regular for the national team ever since he moved to Zambia.
He has played in all Brave Warriors 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers matches and is the reason why South African based central defender and former Tura Magic club mate, Charles Hambira, has been struggling to start games for the national team.
Lombard ruled out a move to Turkey despite previous reports suggesting that there are several offers from teams in that country.
“The move to Turkey is uncertain at this stage as there is no real concrete information on that,” he said.
Lusaka Dynamos are reportedly in a financial crisis that saw them finish the season in a disappointing 11th position out of the 20 participating teams in the league with 51 points from 38 matches played.
Al Hilal have been champions in the Sudan Premier League 27 times.
They also won the Sudan Cup seven times from 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2011 and 2016.
The have competed in the Confederations of African Football (CAF) Champions League 32 times, but have never won the champions league title.