Be Forward Wanderers midfielder, Francesco Madinga, is set to leave the country today for Georgia where he is expected to play for FC Dila Gori.
Wanderers Chairman, Gift Mkandawire, said the Malawi under-20 national football team player will leave through Kamuzu International Airport before connecting at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to proceed to Georgia.
“Everything is in place for his departure. We are happy that he will be able to flourish further. At Wanderers, we give players opportunity to make it on the international scene. We believe he will flourish at Dila,” he said.
FC Dila Gori is based in Gori, Georgia and plays in the country’s national league, Erovnuli Liga.
The outfit, which was founded in 1949, plays its matches at Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium.
It won the Georgian Cup in 2012 and Georgian Championship for the first time in 2015.
The club also participated in the Uefa Champions League in 2016, reaching the second qualifying round where it was knocked out by Serbian outfit Partisan Belgrade.
Wanderers signed the diminutive midfielder from developmental side, Namiwawa Football Club, two seasons ago but saw his career blossoming at Wanderers in 2019.
Mkandawire said Wanderers will not struggle following Madinga’s departure as the team have replacements.
“We will not struggle because some players can also easily fit in his shoes,” he said.
Wanderers are yet to disclose Madinga’s transfer fee but reports suggest that he has been sold for around K10 million.
Madinga last played for Wanderers in a 4-1 away win against Mlatho Mponela in Lilongwe.
Recently, Mkandawire, has said the club needs to appreciate the importance of living within its means if it is to avoid incurring crippling debts.
Wanderers have faced training boycotts for several seasons as players demand game bonuses and signing-on fees.
The players even threatened to boycott their final TNM Super League match against TN Stars as the Nomads’ financial woes worsened.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.