Malawi Under-20 National Football Team striker Chikondi Mbeta has signed a three-year deal with one of top flight Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League sides Bulawayo Chiefs.
Mbeta, who started his career at the defunct Surestream Academy from 2012 to 2016, reportedly passed the trials within seven days of the expected 30.
The 19-year-old forward said he was thrilled to earn a contract and promised to continue working hard to lift Malawi’s flag high.
“I cannot wait to join my new teammates in Zimbabwe. It is quite a new experience as I am going to a place where there is no one speaking my mother’s language. But it is a dream come true. I will use this opportunity to build my name and soar high,” Mbeta said.
Bulawayo Chiefs Team Manager Fatso Khumalo confirmed that Mbeta passed trials having impressed the technical panel.
“We welcomed Mbeta as a youthful player to 30-day trials but, upon satisfying the entire technical panel, we made a decision to sign him within seven days.
“Chiko is a marvelous and highly talented player who is more flexible on the ball. We are hoping to see him settle and help the team being a force to reckon with ahead of the new season starting off in July,” Khumalo said.
During the trials, Mbeta scored three goals in two games.
Mbeta played four games scoring six times for the Maggie Chombo Academy before earning a call up to the Malawi Under-17 National Football Team in 2018.
He caught the eyes of Bulawayo Chiefs following his impressive performance at the 2020 Cosafa Tournament in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Mbeta is following the steps of other Malawian footballers who passed through Zimbabwe and they include Peter Mponda, Robert Ng’ambi, Joseph Kamwendo, Haji Tambala and Gift Makoloni.
Bulawayo Chiefs are in their second season in the top flight league. Chiefs is a professional soccer team based in Luveve, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Since its founding in 2012, the club has won promotion to the PSL twice, in 2013 and 2017. In 2013 it also won the Machache Meats ZIFA Southern Region Cup.
In 2016 they were runners up in the John Landa Nkomo Liquor Hub Super 8 Cup. In addition to the championship, the club won the John Landa Nkomo Liquor hub Super 8 cup and the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo top 8 Knockout.
In 2017, the club won the Zifa Southern Region Division One championship thus gaining promotion to the 2018 Premier Soccer League.
They are called “Amakhosi Amahle”, for their dominance is nothing less than respect worthy.
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