Flames attacking midfielder Gerald Phiri Junior is on the verge of joining Sudanese giants Al Hilal from DStv Premiership side Baroka FC.
This is after Baroka and Hilal reached an agreement on the 28-year old Malawian star. His manager Paul Mitchel of Siyavuma Sports Group confirmed the development yesterday.
“The clubs have agreed. But[the deal] not finalised yet as the deal is subject to medical and signing of contract offer,” Mitchel said in a written response.
South African media also reported yesterday that the Sudanese giants tabled an offer to Baroka, which was accepted.
However, it was unclear how much Hilal will pay Baroka for the left-footed winger.
“FarPost has been reliably informed that Baroka star midfielder Gerald Phiri Junior’s stay at the club has come to an end. It is currently pre-season in Sudan and the player is expected to join his new teammates with immediate effect,” the publication indicates.
The 1.8-metre tall forward is an efficient footballer, who is known for scoring goals from free-kicks.
Phiri Junior is also good at taking penalties, having scored crucial penalties for the Flames including in the 1-0 win over Botswana in the preliminary round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
He is also known for sticking to basics of football as he plays direct football.
The 28-year old plays long and short passes, and also creates space for teammates.
Former Flames and TP Mazembe midfielder Joseph Kamwendo said it was an opportunity for Phiri Junior to advance his career.
“This is good news for the player and also for Malawi. Al Hilal are a big club and always do well in Caf Champions League. I am sure he will get more game-time,” Kamwendo said.
The Malawian joined Baroka in 2019 from Ajax Cape Town (now Cape Town Spurs) and made 52 appearances for the Limpopo-based club.
He moved to South Africa when he joined Bidvest Wits after impressive displays at Zimbabwe side Caps United.
At Wits, he only made three appearances but scored a single goal. He also had loan spells at Platinum FC in South Africa and Township Rollers in Botswana.