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Free State Stars beckon Lucky Malata, Peter Cholopi

By Williams Gondwa:

Be Forward Wanderers defenders Lucky Malata and Peter Cholopi have been invited to undergo trials at South Africa Premier Soccer League side, Free State Stars.

Wanderers Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, said Stars’ scouts had been monitoring Malata and Cholopi since last year and would like to take a closer look at them.

Mkandawire said they received communication from Director of Football in the Ministry of Sports, Kinnah Phiri, that Stars are interested in the two defenders.

The chairperson said though their target was to send Malata and Cholopi to Europe for trials, the Nomads would have no problem should Stars wish to sign them.

“Malata and Cholopi have been spotted by Free State stars. Of course, there are other clubs that are also interested in them but, at the end of the day, the players themselves must make their choice. From what we have seen, they are for Free State and we will be releasing them for the trials,” Mkandawire said.

Mkandawire said the Nomads have several outlets for players who would like to sign for foreign clubs and South Africa is just one of them.

“We will not stand in their way. Of course, our major target is Europe but South Africa is an opportunity for our players to grow. We sat down with the two players and agreed on the way forward. The bottom line is that we have resolved not to stand in their way as they pursue careers with foreign clubs,” he said.

Mkandawire said Malata and Cholopi were expected to leave for South Africa next week.

Should Malata and Cholopi indeed move to Free State Stars, the number of Malawians plying their trade in South Africa would rise to seven.

Recently, Malawi national football team striker Richard Mbulu signed a three-year contract with Baroka.

Currently, the Flames have Limbikani Mzava, Gabadinho Mhango, Robert Ng’ambi and Gerard Phiri Jnr playing their trade in the Rainbow Nation.

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