Black Leopards seek Malawi army clearance for Simkonda

Black Leopards Managing Director David Thidiela has disclosed that he would lobby Malawi Defence Force (MDF) to consider releasing striker Gastin Simkonda to play for the South African second tier league club.

He  arrived in the country over the weekend and watched Bullets, Epac match in the TNM Super League on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on a scouting mission.

Gastin Simkonda

Gastin Simkonda

Thidiela, a friend to Bullets FC chairperson Kondie Msungama, who is also the team’s local scout agent, said the they were interested in the services of the Moyale Barracks striker.

“I would like to talk to MDF to consider releasing Gastin to join Black Leopards because we are interested in his services,” Thidiela said.

“He is a good player and we are hopeful that he would assist the team in scoring goals.”

He also assured his team’s commitment to recruit Bullets defender Sankhani Mkandawire during the January transfer window.

Mkandawire underwent successful trials at the club but the foreign quota policy has held him back from joining the team.

According to MDF policies no employee including players and athletes can work abroad for other entities on security grounds.

However the policy, which affected one of MDF great players Wilfred Nyalugwe from playing professional football, has been relaxed.

Former Flames midfielder Dave Banda benefited after completing a move to Black Leopards although he was not as successful.

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