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DRC, Angola clubs vie for 5 players

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The Democratic Republic of Congo giants, AS Vita, and Angola’s Atletico Petroleos de Launda are courting players of Masters Security FC and Be Forward Wanderers, but whether that translates to genuine romance is another issue.

Petroleos and Vita are yet to make their bids official, and the international transfer window will only open in July, thereby casting doubt on a transfer taking place now.

Vita Coach, Jean-Florent Ibenge, confirmed his interest in Wanderers players Joseph Kamwendo and Peter Wadabwa, after beating the Nomads 2-1 at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Wednesday in a Caf Champions League preliminary round second-leg match.

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The Nomads bowed out of the continental competition 6-1 on aggregate over two legs.

Asked by MBC Television if he was interested in signing any player for Wanderers, Ibenge said: “Why not?”

“Kamwendo is a good player. He is the best for this team. If you let him have the ball, he will give you problems. The number 9 [Wadabwa] is also good,” he said.

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However, Ibenge did not mention Manyozo who Vita officials courted after the first-leg, which Wanderers lost 4-0 in Kinshasa last week.

A few years ago, Kamwendo had a s t int with another Congolese side, TP Mazembe, but returned home, via Mozambique’s Liga Sporting Club, after struggling for game-time in Lubumbashi.

Master goalkeeper Chimwemwe Kunkwawa and midfielder Eneya Banda have also swayed Petroleous, following the two teams’ meetings in Caf Confederation Cup preliminary round.

Masters General Secretary, Zachariah Nyirenda, Thursday confirmed that Petroleos President [Tomas Faria] approached the Lilongwe-based team after the first-leg, which they lost 5-0 in Luanda last week.

“The President did not come to Malawi for the return leg but the General Secretary did, and he also mentioned the same. There is interest from them and we are waiting for an official offer,” Nyirenda said.

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