Mighty Beforward Wanderers duo of Joseph Kamwendo and Peter Wadabwa say they are delighted that they will the first Malawian players to fly to Japan for trials.
The players will leave on Monday for Japan to undergo trials for a number of teams.
Wanderers General Secretary Mike Butao confirmed the development saying veteran midfielder Kamwendo and striker Wadabwa would under the trials for three weeks.
“We don’t know the names of clubs yet. We will get to know after they arrive in Japan,” Butao said.
He said the trials were part of exchange programmes the club has secured as part of the sponsorship deal with Japanese reconditioned car company, Be Forward.
“This is just the beginning as we will have more players going for trials. Team managers, coaches and other officials will also be attached to Japanese clubs for us to learn on how to run the club professionally,” he said.
The development is an indicator that Be Forward has committed to long term sponsorship with the Lali Lubani Road Side.
The three-year initial sponsorship now at K100 million is running out this year but the sponsors are happy despite that Wanderers are yet to win a league title.
Under the same arrangement Japanese forward Genki Nakamula joined Wanderers in the just ended season.
Wadabwa who once played professional football in South Africa said the trip is a dream come true.
“Since I left South Africa returning home to join Silver Strikers and then Be Forward Wanderers, I think I have done better. I have been praying to go and play professional football again and I thank God for answering my prayers,” Wadabwa said.
He said he will work hard to impress and sign a contract at a club he will be tried.
In the just ended soccer season, Wadabwa finished on second position on the TNM Super League top goal scorers chart alongside Nyasa Big Bullets striker Chiukepo Msowoya, with 16 goals apiece. Mafco FC hitman Richard Mbulu won the golden boot award with 19 goals.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :