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Amazulu axe Limbikani Mzava

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George Kaudza Masina

South Africa DStv Premiership side Amazulu has released Malawi National Football Team Captain Limbikani Mzava in a cleanup exercise that has affected 14 other players.

Amazulu president Sandile Zungu told the club’s website that they parted ways with the players on various grounds.

“Tapelo Xoki has been acquired by Orlando Pirates while Sinthebe has opted not to renew his contract with Amazulu. As for others, the club has decided not to renew their contracts in view of our endeavours to rebuild success in the forthcoming 2022-23 [season]. We will announce the names of at least eight players who will be joining Usuthu in the coming days,” Zungu is quoted as saying.

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Other players who have been released are Luvuyo Memela, Augustine Mulenga, Philani Zulu, Siphelele Mthembu, Tshepo Masilela and Thabo Qalinge.

The development comes as Flames striker Gabadinho Mhango is on the verge of joining the Durban-based club after a frustrating campaign at Orlando Pirates, where he was sidelined due to various reasons including discipline.

Mzava struggled with injuries in the just-ended campaign and did not feature for the club since his return from the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.

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He got injured while playing for the Flames in a 2-1 win over Zimbabwe.

The former Escom United and Tigers defender joined Amazulu in 2020 on a two-year deal with a renewal option.

He had joined after getting offloaded at Highlands Park after the club sold its Premier Soccer League (PSL) status to TS Galaxy.

Save for last season, Mzava had been the Flames’ most consistent player in the PSL since 2011 and attracted interest from giants Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns at some point.

Sports analyst George Kaudza Masina said the development is not surprising as Mzava struggled with injuries.

“I saw this coming because Mzava was at a disadvantage because of injuries. It was difficult for him to prove a point last season. But he should accept what has happened. He should humble himself and look for another team. Life must go on,” Kaudza Masina said.

Mzava has played for five different clubs in the PSL after joining Bloemfontein Celtic in 2011 before moving to Mpumalanga Black Aces on loan in 2015.

He spent two seasons at Golden Arrows prior to joining Highlands.

Mzava was once listed among the top 14 most valuable players in the PSL alongside Mhango.

He was ranked sixth at R17.3 million.

The towering defender also had unsuccessful trials with French side AS Monaco and Hapoel Tel-Aviv of Israel.

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