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Blue Eagles holds key to John Banda’s South Africa deal

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Blue Eagles have the final say on Flames stand-in-captain Christopher John Banda’s proposed move to the National First Division (NFD) side TS Sporting as the player is on a year-long loan contract at Mozambican giants UD Songo.

Sporting, who also signed Malawian striker Chawanangwa Kaonga from Mozambican champions Costa Do Sol in January this year, have been long admirers of the Flames captain.

The South African club are set to revive interest in the player once the summer transfer window opens.

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Football players’ agent MacDonald Aphane insisted CJ Banda was still on Sporting’s radar.

“He is one of the players that the club is interested in the next transfer window. Although, the club has a challenge with its foreign quota being full, something might happen if one of the players is released at the end of the season,” he said.

Banda, who is still a policeman, can move to another club if Eagles recall him.

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Eagles chairperson, Alexander Ngwala said they cannot stop the player from advancing his football career.

“We are in touch with Sporting on regular basis and it really shows they still want him. But it will depend on discussion with the player, Songo and us but on our part we do not have any problem,” Ngwala said.

On his part, Banda said he was excited to be linked with the South African club.

“At the moment, I am with Songo so it is always exciting to be wanted by several teams. I will continue working hard. It is my dream to play in South Africa one day,” he said.

CJ joined Songo last season on a season long-loan deal after spending two seasons with Ferraviario de Nampula. The Flames captain helped Songo to win one cup and finish as runners up in the Mocambola League last season. Apart from CJ, Songo have Frank Banda (brother to CJ) and Schumacher Kuwali.

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