Flames attacker Chawanangwa Kaonga has breathed a sigh of relief after his side TS Sporting survived the chop from the Glad Africa Championship.
This follows the docking of 23 points for Mbombela United who were found guilty of featuring an ineligible player.
Mbombela finished on position 14 in the 16 member log table whereas Sporting finished on position 15.
Kaonga’s side were due to be relegated and the Malawian would have been barred from taking part in a third-tier league- ABC Motsepe -which bars foreigners since it is an amateur league.
However, there was good news for the former Silver Strikers forward after the club retained their status through a legal battle when Mbombela were found guilty for featuring eSwatini striker Sabelo Ndinisa who has been slapped with two-year suspension.
“The move wins a reprieve for fellow Mpumalanga side TS Sporting, who now retain their second-tier status having finished second-bottom at the end of the league campaign. The matter went to arbitration with the South African Football Association, who made the award in the favour of Sporting,” www.Supersport reported Tuesday.
The versatile forward who scored his first goal for the club last week, has been on the radar of South African teams including Premier Soccer League leaders Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu. Struggling PSL side Baroka FC have also shown interest in the former Civo Service United star.
Kaonga’s local representative, Fred Kalonga said relief was the prevalent emotion Tuesday.
“I am very excited with the news I was worried. The boy is a good player and he deserves to play in a top league,” Kalonga said.
Sporting have been eyeing deals for Flames captain Christopher John Banda and youngster Peter Banda. CJ Banda has a running contract with Mozambican side UD Songo whereas Nyasa Big Bullets have refused to sell Banda to the club.
Kaonga joined Sporting on a two-year deal having helped Costa Do Sol of Mozambique to a Mocambola League title. He scored 10 goals for Do Sol last season including a brace in a 4-2 victory over runners-up UD Songo.