Malawi national football team youngster Francesco Madinga’s Georgian top flight team, Dila Gori, is off to a great start in the 2020 season after maintaining an unbeaten run in five consecutive games.
Gori lead the 10-team pack with 16 points from eight games having scored 14 goals and against five.
The European team’s last match ended in a 1-1 stalemate on Sunday against fourth-placed Sabutalu Tbilisi who have 14 points from eight games.
The former Be Forward Wanderers forward was introduced in the second half of the match to help his team earn a point in the away encounter.
Madinga, who also plays for Malawi under-20 and under-23 national teams, came off the bench in the 46th minute.
Gori have won three games and drawn twice to maintain their place in the driving seat.
Flames Coach Meck Mwase has congratulated Madinga for finding his way into the match and asked him to work hard so that he wins a place in the starting lineup.
“Madinga has a burning ambition to play top class football in major European leagues. My advice is that if he really wants to achieve this goal, he should start by showing great character in the Georgian league.
“The boy is talented and lion-hearted. He wants to win every day. But he must fight to break into the starting lineup and cement his position in the team. Otherwise he is an important future player for the Flames,” Mwase said.
Wanderers General Secretary Victor Maunde concurred with Mwase, saying Madinga has all the chances to break into top European leagues.
“He is a bright talent. He is blessed with rare ball skills. He is such a tricky attacker with great pace. What makes him even more dangerous is his eye for goal. I do not doubt that he will make it big in the game if he maintains his discipline. We still consider him as one of our players and we wish him all the best,” Maunde said.
Madinga joined Wanderers from Blantyre developmental side Namiwawa FC before Gori spotted and signed him early last year.
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.