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Gerald Phiri Jnr denied club football for a year

Flames blossoming midfielder, Gerald Phiri Jnr, will return to Bidvest Wits in South Africa without featuring for Botswana side, Township Rollers due to work permit hitches, his agent has confirmed.

The hitches have kept him out of club action since he left Caps United in Zimbabwe last May to sign for Wits following impressive performances with the Flames at 2015 Cosafa Castle Cup in South Africa.

His South African manager, Paul Mitchel, on Thursday shed doubts over the future of the former Wanderers midfielder in the Be Mobile League of Botswana. He went to Botswana on loan.

“It looks like Gerald won’t play in Botswana due to problems in the Botswana Premier League (BPL), so he will return to Bidvest,” Michel said from South Africa.

The former Wanderers attacking midfielder sealed a five -month loan deal from Wits after failing to secure work permit at Wits.

He was hoping to gain game-time, but a similar problem has left him inactive for almost a season, a thing which also cost his place in the Flames squad.

Local soccer expert, Leonard Sharra, described Phiri’s described the latest development as sad for his career.

“It’s bad for his career and the national team because he was a key player for Malawi. The best option was to loan him out to one of the local teams to gain game time,” he said.

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