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Gerald Phiri staying put at Bidvest Wits—Manager

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Bidvest Wits have reportedly indicated that Flames talented attacker Gerald Phiri Jnr will not be loaned out again to another South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) team.

Last week, reports indicated that Phiri was set for another loan spell alongside Zimbabwean Knox Mtizwa ahead of the new season.

But Phiri’s South African Manager, Paul Mitchell, yesterday said his client would stay put at the PSL reigning champions to fight for his place.

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Mitchell said Wits Coach, Gavin Hunt, had assured that Phiri was in his plans for next season.

“Gerald is staying [put] at Wits. He is in first team,” Mitchell said.

Phiri spent last season on loan at Platinum Stars where he scored two goals. He spent his first season in the PSL in 2015 without playing active football due to work permit hitches.

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Wits loaned him out to Botswana giants Township Rollers but he did not play due to a similar problem.

Phiri, who had unsuccessful trials in Poland in 2014, scored in two recent consecutive games for the Flames against Swaziland and Comoros Islands.

Meanwhile, Mitchell said he was still waiting from Maritzburg United on the prospects of signing forward Robin Ngalande.

Ngalande, whose six-month loan with Masters Security FC has expired, is in South Africa training with the club. The former Atletico Madrid Youth attacker returned to South Africa last week.

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