The ball has been thrown in the court of former Silver Strikers forward, Chawanangwa Kawonga, to up his game at Mozambican football club, Chibuto, if he is to earn a long-term contract at Portuguese second division side, FC Tirsense.
Kawonga is a visa away from securing a dream one-year contract at FC Tirsense, but Chibuto chairperson, Junaide Largy, says the former Silver star has to lay a strong foundation in the Mozambique league.
Kawonga’s Silver Strikers young team mate, Jimmy Ukonde, has rejoined Chibuto after failing to make the grade at another Portuguese outfit, hence the Chibuto boss’s advice.
Kawonga too would return to Chibuto if he does not impress in Europe. Chibuto has sister relationships with Portuguese teams.
Last week, the former Malawi Under-20 striker insisted that his lack of enough goals was a reflection of Chibuto’s struggles. He has eight league goals.
“I was not being featured regularly. Maybe I can do better if I change teams. It is difficult for one player to do well when the whole team is struggling,” Kawonga insisted.
Silver, who sold the striker to Chibuto at around K6.5 million last season, stand to get a 15 percent cut if Kawonga transfers to the Portuguese side, the Bankers acting general secretary Fred Kawonga confirmed.
“He was supposed to go to Portugal in June, but Chibuto could not release him as they were struggling in the Mozambique league,” Kalonga said.
Kawonga was a key member of the then Ernest Mtawali-led Malawi Under-20 side that was two games away from securing Africa Youth Championship qualification only to lose 4-0 to their Zambian counterparts over two legs.
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