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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

BACK HOME—Banda and Sambani

Club Brugge have reportedly said they want to have another look at up-and-coming defender Precious Sambani and forward Peter Banda after the players completed two-week trials at the Belgian giants.

Sambani and Banda returned home on Monday after trials which Flames’ Belgian Coach, Ronny van Geneugden (RVG), facilitated.

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RVG said the players performed well during the trials but the Belgian club wants to assess them again.

“I have details that it was good trials for two weeks. Precious had a minor injury and he did not train during the last four days of the trials but Peter trained. But the club has recommended that the two players should improve on their fitness.

“For Peter, they recommended that he should also improve on his agility so they will continue monitoring them while playing for the Flames. We might arrange other trials in the near future,” RVG said.

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During the trials, Banda featured for the club in a friendly and reportedly provided two assists.

Banda’s uncle, Griffin Saenda Junior, said he was waiting for communication from Belgium on the outcome of the trials.

“Peter said he did well and he was optimistic of clinching a deal. But if he is not successful, we would not be bitter because there are several teams that are interested in his services in Europe and Africa,” Saenda said.

Both players have been included in the Flames squad that is preparing for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Morocco on Saturday.

Frank Sinalo, Jonathan Lungu (deceased) and Gift Zakazaka are other Malawian players who had unsuccessful trials with teams in Belgium in the 1980s and 1990s.

Former Flames stars Kennedy and Holman Malunga are the only Malawians who played in Belgium between 1987 and 1989, with the former playing for top division side Cercle Brugge K.S.V.

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