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Fifa rebuffs Silver Strikers on Chawanangwa Kaonga

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Capital City giants Silver Strikers will have to wait a little longer to feature striker Chawanangwa Kaonga as his contract with South African side TS Sporting expired outside the transfer window.

Silver wrote Fifa, through Football Association of Malawi (Fam), as they wanted to register Kaonga ahead of the Airtel Top 8 Cup, which kicks off next weekend.

The Central Bankers Chief Executive Officer Thoko Chimbali said they had been told that the striker could not play this season.

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“However, we are not panicking because we have several players who performed well in the FDH Cup and the TNM Super League,” Chimbali said.

Kaonga, a versatile attacker, returned to Silver on a two-year deal after serving a six-month Fifa ban resulting from a transfer wrangle involving Sporting and Mozambican club Costa Do Sol.

Costa lodged a complaint with Fifa after Kaonga signed for Sporting despite having a running contract with them.

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Fam Compliance Manager Casper Jangale confirmed that Kaonga would be cleared once the international transfer window re-opens in January.

“Silver are aware of what to do after Fifa explained to them about Chawanangwa’s status,” Jangale said.

Kaonga started training with Silver upon Fifa’s lifting of the ban and was given a contract.

After signing the contract, Kaonga described the move as an opportunity to revive his career.

It feels great to return to Silver. I will do my best to deliver for my club,” he said.

Kaonga joined Sporting in January 2020 on a two-year deal after helping Costa to win Mozambique’s Mocambola League with 10 goals including a brace in a 4-2 victory over UD Songo.

The match was a title decider for the 2019 season.

Silver also signed midfielder Tawonga Chimodzi, whose contract with Cyprian club Ommonia Aradippou expired in April.

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