By Peter Kanjere:
South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) club, Black Leopards, in close to signing striker Atusaye Nyondo, a move that could inject a new lease of life into the career of the once-promising Malawi national football team forward.
Leopards Chairperson, David Thidiela, confirmed that he might sign Nyondo, who is a free agent, after parting ways with National First Division (NFD) side Tshakuma Tsha Madzivandhila (TTM) in March 2019.
Thidiela said: “I might also sign Nyondo. However, this is subject to us agreeing personal terms with him.”
Leopards have a soft spot for Malawians as they have in their den Patrick Mabedi as assistant coach and midfielder Robert Ng’ambi.
Mabedi , who Leopards recruited on a three-year contract last week, confirmed that Nyondo was training with Leopards.
Nyondo quit TTM a few months ago, telling Kick-Off.com that he had reported the club to South Africa players’ union over a pay dispute.
“I signed a one-and-a-half-year contract and still have a year to go. To be honest with you, it is just so bad, where you see other players getting paid. It is me and Joseph Kamwendo who do not get paid. We do not know what the problem is, because it is from January up to now where we get small money. It is not even half of your salary,” the former Bloemfontein Celtic and University of Pretoria forward told Kick-Off.com on March 28 2019.
Nyondo made a name in South Africa when he won the NFD Golden Boot award at Carara Kicks where he had signed from Silver Strikers, paving the way for his transfer to SuperSport United before signing for Pretoria University.
Following the university team’s relegation, Nyondo joined Bloemfontein Celtic but injuries undermined his progress and he was released in the 2018 season.
The next PSL season, which kicks off in August 2019, promises to feature more Malawians as, apart from Ng’ambi and Nyondo, Baroka FC have also signed Gerald Phiri Junior and Richard Mbulu.
Other Malawians in the PSL are Limbikani Mzava, now a free agent, and Gabadinho Mhango, who is close to joining giants Orlando Pirates.
Las t season, Mzava, Ng’ambi and Gabadinho were the only Malawians in the PSL.
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