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Chikoti Chirwa off to South Africa for trials


When one door closes another one opens. This is exactly the story of Flames and Red Lions midfielder Chikoti Chirwa who has been invited for week-long trials at Glad Africa Championship side University of Pretoria in South Africa.

The development comes after Chirwa’s potential move to another championship side Polokwane collapsed due to his failure to sign a deal following his involvement with The Flames at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.

Red Lions Vice Publicity Secretary Joy Kakhona said Chirwa left the country for South Africa on Saturday.

“He is going with our blessings to South Africa. We know Chikoti is a good player and we are confident that he will make the grade,” he said.

If he impresses in South Africa, Chirwa will need clearance from his employers, Malawi Defence Force.

Flames and Baroka FC striker Richard Mbulu is also a soldier.

Facilitator of the trials, Steve Madeira, said he was confident that the player will make the grade.

“This is a second chance for him and I am sure he will impress,” Madeira said.

Chirwa nearly signed a three-year deal with Polokwane but the deal flopped due to logistical challenges.

Former Flames striker Atusaye Nyondo also played for the club at the peak of his career.

Pretoria are on position four in the Glad Africa Championship with 28 points from 18 matches, five points behind leaders JDR Stars. They are still in the race for promotion to the DStv Premiership.

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