Chatsalira jets off to SA for SuperSport trials

By Jeden Chilikunzako, Nyasa Times

Man-of-the- moment, Escom United’s enterprising winger and TNM Super League’s player of the month for July,  Ndaziona Chatsalira,  finally left the country on Saturday for trials with South African outfit SuperSport United.

Speaking to Nyasa Times at the Kamuzu International airport before departure, the excited Chatsalira who has been a revelation since the start of the season said this is a great opening for him and is determined to impress at United.

“Every player dreams of playing professional football abroad and I am grateful to God that I have an opportunity to realise my dreams. I will work hard to impress the technical panel so that they sign me,” he said.

Malawian hot property adds that South Africa is a good destination for professional football and provides opportunities to Europe and elsewhere if players are determined to make it big.

Malawi's hot property: Ndaziona Chatsalira on trials at SuperSport

“Players like Essau Kanyenda and Russel Mwafulirwa started from there and are now in Europe which is also my ultimate goal. But I have to be focused on the one week trials and see how things develop from there,” he added.

Chatsalira has been in fine form for defending champions Escom United, scoring some vital goals and providing assists to keep his side on top of things in the top flight league. He was last week given the “player of the month” for the month of July.

Meanwhile, SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt having secured Atusaye Nyondo, another Malawian, was more impressed when he saw Chatsalira turn out for Malawi’s national team.

“From what I’ve seen he is a top player. It’s a pity that we could not have him last week or tomorrow. We just want to get this done quietly and over with as soon as possible,” said the hard-to-please coach.

“I’m hoping that by Wednesday we will have seen and made a decision on him. I’ve seen him play for the national team and he is terrific. He’s got an eye for goal and is a good player,” added Hunt.

Player agent Kondi Msungama is facilitating his deal.

Chatsalira’s path to the top began at the non-league side Dowa Medicals where he moved straight to join the then newly crowned star-studded TNM Super League champions Escom United in 2008.

The youngster has already got the recognition of Flames coach Kinnah Phiri and has already earned three caps within a month after also earning seven caps for the Under-23 this year alone after playing in the Olympics and All Africa Games qualifiers.


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