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Civil vow to cling to Chaziya

By Peter Forte

Out-of-contract Civil Service United defender Lawrence Chaziya has said he is weighing up offers before committing his future to any club.

The development comes at a time Civil expressed strong desire to keep the defender of the moment whose contract expired on December 31 last year.

Chaziya said he would decide his future soon after evaluating offers.

“There were some foreign clubs who inquired about my services but there is nothing concrete. It is my desire to play overseas, so I am taking my time. If the foreign move fails, then it will mean that I will still play in Malawi but I haven’t yet made my decision on which club to join,” he said.

Chaziya also hinted that he can sign a year-long contract at Civil as he ponders about his future.

“We are discussing with Civil that I should pen a year-long deal so that I should not be club-less in case the right move fails to materialise,” he said.

Meanwhile, Civil General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula was confident that Chaziya will extend his stay even though local outfits Mighty Wanderers, Silver Strikers and Nyasa Big Bullets have shown interest to sign him.

“We are in talks with the player to stay. He is still training with us but he has not yet signed a new deal. Both Silver and Wanderers approached us but there is nothing concrete,” said Chiwaula, who also the player’s adviser.

Chaziya shone for the Flames at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon after replacing injured captain Limbikani Mzava in Malawi’s 2-1 over Zimbabwe.

He went on to make his presence felt during Flames’ goalless draw against Senegal and 2-1 loss to Morocco.

Meanwhile, Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali distanced the club from Chaziya’s deal, saying the Area 47 side has completed their signings.

“We are done on the transfer market. We are now ready to compete in the new season,” Chimbali said.

Wanderers and Bullets were not available for comments.

Civil put K650 million price tag on Chaziya.

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