Opperman close to Vasco move


Vasco have already tabled an offer for the aggressive wingback, who recently returned from a trial in Iceland.

“I am well into negotiations with Vasco with whom I have been training since last week. They have tabled a deal for me and I will sign once we have settled on everything,” says Opperman.

It has been two weeks since Opperman, along with Giovanni Rector, returned from trials at a second tier Icelandic league team, IBV Vestmannaeyiar.

“When we went there we were promised a lot of things but nothing happened,” the 25-year-old tells KickOff.com.

“The truth is that the South African guy at the club, Renaldo Christians, is definitely not an assistant coach. From what I saw, he’s maybe a goalkeeper coach or something else. If I was fit, I would have walked into that team and for Renaldo to say the standard was way too high for us is not true.

“I just hope that the team gets promoted and they come for pre-season here in Cape Town next year, then people will see for themselves whether they are of a higher standard.

“When we went there, I personally wasn’t up to 100 percent fitness, because I had last played at the beginning of August. I told them that I needed time to get my fitness back and that couldn’t happen in a short period of time.

“The players in that team will struggle to make it into many First Division teams here. Even the facilities in Iceland left a lot to be desired, especially for a European country.

“Gio [Rector], who has previously played in Europe, said that they were the worst he had ever seen of Europe and that’s why we decided to come back home. Even the money there is not anything to boast about,” Opperman adds.

Having moved through the Seven Stars and then Ajax Cape Town junior ranks, Opperman made his PSL debut with the Urban Warriors during the 2000-01 season as a teenager before then moving to Moroka Swallows after a stint with Avendale Athletic.

Last season Opperman was at Ikapa Sporting where, he says, he left after financial differences with the club.