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Competition delays Tawonga Chimodzi Greek debut

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Tawonga Chimodzi, the only Malawian playing in a top European football league team, is yet to earn his Greek Super League debut for FC Platanias. His inactivity is a setback to the Flames.

Chimodzi candidly admitted during the week that there was a dog-fight for midfield attacking positions, hence his delayed debut with the league now into round four.

He fell behind the coaches’ selection pecking order after spending a week in South Africa to process his visa which had expired.

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“It has been crazy because I stayed out a week from the team and had been really behind with the guys. I feel better and stronger now and training has been really good. I have been enjoying myself every week so I am just waiting on the door of opportunity to open whilst growing personally also,” he said in a written response.

Flames coach Ernest Mtawali has been considering inviting Tawonga, who was an unused substitute when Malawi lost 2-0 in Nigeria in 2013 during a World Cup Africa qualifier in Calabar.

“Returning to the squad isn’t in my power and has never been to be anywhere rather it depends on who God has softened his heart to look to me as one who can provide what they need in their plans,” said the prayerful midfielder on his Flames’ return.

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The 27-year-old first signed for Greek second tier league side Iraklis Psachnon in 2013 from Engen Santos of Cape Town. Tawonga joined Santos from Silver Strikers in 2007.

Tawonga’s elder brother, Young Chimodzi Jnr, recently penned for Greek second division team, PGS Kissamikos. It could not be immediately established if he is able to play regularly.

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