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Gerald Phiri Jnr loaned to Platinum Stars

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After being starved of competitive club football since June, Flames and Bidvest Wits’ versatile attacker, Gerald Phiri Jnr, will join Platinum Stars on loan in the South Africa Premiership.

Phiri’s South Africa-based manager, Paul Mitchell, confirmed yesterday that the midfielder will be loaned out for the rest of the season.

“It is only a loan for game-time but then he will be returning to Wits. But for Robin Ngalande, we are just sorting out a personal issue. We have a couple of issues away from South Africa,” Mitchell said in a written a response.

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This is Phiri’s second loan deal since joining Wits from Zimbabwe giants, Caps United, in 2015 after impressing during the Cosafa Cup in South Africa.

Former Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers’ striker, Andrew Chikhosi, said the loan move would help the youngster to re-launch his career in South Africa.

“It is a good move for him because chances of having game-time at Platinum are high. He is one of the best players for the national team and he needs to play regularly,” Chikhosi said.

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Last season, Phiri was shipped out on loan to Botswana’s Township Rollers, but he did not play due to work permit hitches. Ngalande also spent time on loan at Stars last season.

Despite lacking game-time at club level, Phiri has been a regular for the Flames’ squad, scoring a stunning free-kick in 1-0 win over Swaziland in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Kamuzu Stadium last month.

However, the duo’s compatriot at Wits, Gabadinho Mhango, has made a bright start to his career at the Johannesburg club having won the MTN8 Cup over the weekend.

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