Two Malawian players pass trials in South Africa

Two Malawian teenage players Silver Strikers striker Chawanangwa Kawonga and Bullets defender Miracle Gabeya have passed trials at South African top league clubs.

Kawonga, who left for a brief assessment at Maritzburg United, has impressed at the club while Gabeya could also become a third Malawian player at Bloemfontein Celtic after Limbikani Mzava and Gabadinho Mhango.

Chawanangwa in South Africa pass trials...Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Chawanangwa in South Africa pass trials…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Silver Strikers General Secretary Mike Tembo confirmed that the Under-20 national team striker passed the trials and Maritzburg have since approached them to start negotiations for his contract.

“They already knew the players ability but they just wanted him to go through formal assessment,” Tembo said.

He said Silver executive committee had come up with a transfer fee which he did not reveal and condition for the club to continue paying for his school fees.

“We have also emphasised that they should consider paying school fees for him as we have been doing for him for the past three years.”

The Under-20 national team is writing Malawi Schools Certificate of Education examinations.

Kawonga left on Friday just a day after inspiring his club to conquer Airborne Rangers 5-1 by scoring a brace while veteran Rodrick Gonani, Frank Banda and Sam Gunda scored a goal apiece to complete the rout.

Bullets Gabeya chairman Kondie Msungama said the team had already made an offer of K7 million but Celtic have bargained.

“Initially we asked for K7 million but they bargained saying he is also a minor until next year when he will be eligible to play in the PSL,” Msungama said.

“They are suggesting that we agree on a reasonable fee then they can sign him and loan back to us until next season or he can be featuring for their reserve team.”

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