TNM Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets have completed the signing of left back Eric Kaonga from Ekwendeni Hammers on a three-year-deal for an undisclosed fee.
Speaking after signing the player Wednesday, Bullets Coach Kallisto Pasuwa said he was delighted to have added new talent to his side.
Pasuwa said he was hopeful that the former Mlatho Mponela defence pillar would adapt quickly to Bullets’ system.
“It is good that we have added depth to our defence which has been crippled with injuries. We have our captain John Lanjesi who is struggling. We have been using Sankhani Mkandawire in a rotational system. Now we have just lost Precious Sambani to a long-term injury, leaving us with only Fodya. So the coming of Kaonga will help us to fill the gap,” Pasuwa said.
This was Pasuwa’s second signing in the just-closed transfer window after central midfielder Paul Kansungwi completed a move from Red Lions last week.
Kaonga said it was his dream to play for Bullets.
“The feeling deep down the heart is unbelievable. It is a great honour to call myself a Nyasa Big Bullets player. I do not take this for granted as there are many players who dream of playing for Bullets out there.
“I can’t wait to be integrated into the team and get my Bullets career started. It has always been my wish to play for Bullets and I see this as a big achievement in my career. I promise to give out my all for Bullets, my new team,” he said.
Kaonga has arrived at Bullets after Malawi’s first-choice left-back Sambani sustained a knee injury during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Ekwendeni Hammers.
With Sambani looking set to miss out on the rest of the season, Bullets were in a fix as they had remained with only one left-footed defender, Yamikani Fodya.
Kaonga has been called into the Malawi National Football Team squad for the friendly against Tanzania next week and joined Bullets training on Wednesday morning.
He is expected to join the Flames on Sunday after Bullets’ league match against Mighty Tigers.