3 PSL clubs eye Ethiopian wonder-kid

Premiership

Ethiopian wonder-kid Abubeker Nasir could find himself playing DStv Premiership football next season with no less than three PSL clubs understood to be interested in his services.

Abubeker has become somewhat of a sensation after netting a record-breaking 29 goals in 23 games in the Ethiopian top flight league this past season.

The 21-year-old forward broke multiple local records, including that of former Bidvest Wits striker Getaneh Kebede – who netted 25 goals in 30 games back in 2017, as he walked away with the Player Of The Year Award.

KickOff.com understands there is huge interest in the player, not only in South Africa but also from other African and European clubs.

SuperSport United, Cape Town City and Baroka FC are said to be enquiring about the player's availability.

It is unclear at present when the player's contract with his current club Ethiopia Coffee will run up, meaning a transfer fee is likely.

According to South African-born coach Maahier Davids, who spent some time at another Ethiopian club Saint Georget, Nasir's talent cannot be doubted and he might not find it easy in a demanding league such as the Premiership.

"He scored a lot of goals this season. Ja, he's good in the box, very calm, and very good in finishing off a final move," Davids tells this website.

"He's flexible, he plays mainly as a striker for Coffee, and for the national team he's more on the right wing in a 4-3-3 system. Of course, to score so many goals is impressive but you know, to come to South Africa it's a different league. It's completely different. 

"It may take him some time to adapt. Of course, the Ethiopian League there's a little bit of space, while here in South Africa teams analyse you. They close the spaces and they know exactly where you are going to score. You have to be a little bit more creative.

"For me, the biggest challenge would be the culture. Because firstly, the language will be a problem. I don't know if he can speak English. You have to use the reference of Getaneh Kebede, he's a national team top goalscorer in the history of Ethiopia, but he didn't make it as big [at Wits] as you would have thought or hope you know.

"But football, you don't know hey, he may come here, score a hat-trick in his first game and he flies and who knows?"

Davids says he experienced the quality of Nasir first-hand when Saint George came up against Coffee in the Ethiopian league.

"He scored a hat-trick against us [laughs]. We lost 3-2 and he scored, ja. He is dangerous."

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