Malawi national football team promising defender Dennis Chembezi made his first appearance for South African Premier Soccer League side Polokwane City in a 1-0 loss to Baroka FC in the NedBank Cup last 32 on Tuesday night.
Chembezi, who recently joined Polokwane from Be Forward Wanderers, was in the starting line-up and had a grand game.
In a match monitored on SuperSport 4, Chembezi was composed at the back and made several interceptions.
The game pit ted him against compatriot Gerald Phiri Jnr whose cornerkick was coincidentally the source of the lone goal for Baroka.
Another Malawian, striker Richard Mbulu tasted action from the bench for Baroka, who will face Hungry Lions in the competition’s last 16.
A local football analyst and coach, Thom Mkolongo, said Chembezi has the potential to reach greater heights.
“Chembezi is a talented player and has all qualities of a good defender. This is his chance to market himself and I am sure he will do well,” Mkolongo said.
Chembezi is expected to be part of the Flames squad to face Burkina Faso in next month’s back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
An Orlando Pirates side without Gabadinho Mhango also exited the competition last week after losing 3-2 to Bidvest Wits on post-match penalties at Orlando Stadium.
This was Mhango’s chance to face the team he played for before joining Pirates.
Highlands Park of Limbikani Mzava and Robert Ng’ambi’s Black Leopards also advanced to the last 16 of the competition after their teams’ respective victories.