Malawi National Women’s Football Team striker Fazila Chiyembekezo will wait longer to realise her dream of playing for Nigerian side Rivers Angels after Fifa rejected her application for an International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
Chiyembekezo joined the Nigerian champions on a 10-month deal from Lilongwe-based Skippers FC last month.
However, documents for her clearance were sent late, a development which means she will wait until June to be cleared when the international transfer window reopens.
Skippers administrator Linda Kasenda confirmed that the striker had not been cleared.
“We tried to push for her clearance but we got a letter from Fifa that the documents were submitted late. But we have not given up. We are trying to explore the possibility of a special clearance,” Kasenda said.
Football Association of Malawi Compliance Manager Casper Jangale, who is also responsible for transfers, said all was not lost.
“We have written Fifa for a special clearance and we are waiting. We are keeping our fingers crossed that she will be considered,” Jangale said.
Chiyembekezo is the first ever Malawian footballer to sign for a Nigerian club.
Angels official Jessica Amadi confirmed that the Scorchers striker is yet to start playing for the club.
The gangling striker started her football career at the defunct Queen Eagles in Chilinde Township, Lilongwe, before joining Skippers in 2012.
Over the years, Chiyembekezo has established herself as one of the best strikers in local women’s football.
She earned her first national team call-up and performed beyond expectations at the 2021 Cosafa Cup in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
The striker uses her physical presence in the attacking area and is also good in the air.
Flames midfielder Mike Mkwate once returned to Nyasa Big Bullets after his late ITC application was rejected when he signed for Polokwane City.
Mkwate waited for six months before finally getting cleared to play for the South African side.