Malawi national team coach Kinnah Phiri has given advice to skipper Peter Mponda on an immigration matter as he is on the verge of attaining permanent South African residency, saying he should consider not doing it.
His club Santos is working around the clock for this development to be materialized according to Soccer Laduma.
The club’s boss, Goolam Allie confirmed with the South African online website that they are busy processing the paperwork needed by the Department of Home Affairs in order to complete the application.
Mponda has been in the rainbow nation more than five years, having played for Black Leopards before joining Santos last year.
Allie told Soccer Laduma that it was his wish to see this happen immediately as the club is keen to rope in other foreign players.
However,Kinnah pleaded with his captain not to attain South Africa permanent residency.
“My advice to Peter is that he should not bow down to his club’s demand because we need him most, his country needs his services most. Peter is a patriotic boy for his country and I have all the hopes that he will not attain permanent residence,” said the Malawi head coach.
The Flames mentor told Nyasa Times that, “Malawians have much love for Peter and retiring here at home people will respect him more. But if he retires in South Africa those people will take him as somebody not from their country, so my plea to
my captain is home is best no matter what.”
The coach gave his own example, when he was coaching in Swaziland that his club tried to convince him to attain a permanent residency for that country.
“When l was coaching in Swaziland i was asked by my club to change citizenship but l said no thanks because l know home is best no matter for how long you can stay in a foreign country,” he said.
Mponda, who played for Big Bullets before trekking to Zimbabwe and South Africa, is one of the best sweepers in Malawi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :