BY PETER KANJERE
Gerald Phiri Junior’s Manager, Paul Mitchell, Tuesday confirmed the interest of South Africa’s Premier Soccer League champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, in the Flames attacker, but stressed that ‘nothing is concrete at the moment.’
“There is interest but that is as far as it is just now. They [Wits] are open to doing a deal,” Mitchell said about the player who was recently linked with a move to Orlando Pirates.
The Daily Times had contacted Mitchell in South Africa to corroborate South Africa’s Kick-Off football magazine’s report that Sundowns were considering swapping their Zimbabwean striker Cuthbert Malajira with Phiri.
On Monday, Kick-Off reported that Wits have, apart from Malajira, also shown interest in Liberian winger Anthony Laffor.
“Sundowns have forwarded the proposal to Wits. They want to sign Phiri. Wits are interested in signing Laffor from Sundowns. However, Downs are reported to have proposed to send Malajila to Wits as part of the swap deal,” a source told Kick-Off.com.
Earlier, Phiri, who has never completed a season playing for Wits since signing for them in 2016 from Zimbabwe’s Caps United, reserved his comment on his career, saying he was back at Wits for pre-season training.
Phiri, 24, only donned Wits’ colours last season but did not finish the season as he was shipped to Platinum Stars for a second loan spell, scoring for them twice through free-kicks which are his speciality. In total, Phiri scored three goals and provided four assists at the two clubs.
The former Be Forward Wanderers winger joined Botswana’s Township Rollers in 2016 on loan but was unable to play for them due to work permit hitches before switching to Stars for his initial spell.
Phiri was at Stars last season with Flames compatriot Robert Ng’ambi whose future at the club is in doubt following the club’s relegation.
Malawian striker Atusaye Nyondo is also on his way out of Bloemfontein Celtic when his contract expires at the end of this month.
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