Kenyan Premier Soccer League giants Gor Mahia have parted ways with attacking midfielder Andrew Malisero just six months into their contract.
Malisero signed a three-year deal with Gor Mahia in September last year but was unable to break into the main team.
The Malawian is not the only casualty at the club as Cameroonian midfielder Konfor Bentrad’s contract has also been terminated.
Malisero, who joined Gor Mahia from African Warriors of South Africa, said he had agreed to part ways with the club due to lack of game-time.
“It was exciting to sign for this great team in Kenya, but I was not happy to be sidelined for selection. I need to play and it looked like I was not going to get the chance no matter what I did,” he said.
Malisero said there were other issues that contributed to the termination.
The development follows the Kenyan giants’ failure to reach group stages of the 2020/21 Caf Champions League.
Malawi National Football Team Coach Meck Mwase, who mentored Maliselo in 2018 at the under-20 national football team, described the development as worrisome.
“I have been in touch with Andrew to find out what has happened and he confirmed that he has indeed parted ways with Gor Mahia. This is a sad development.
“However, the good thing is that Andrew is still young. He only needs to work hard and I do not doubt that he will secure a deal with another big club. This is a player we wanted in the senior national team,” Mwase said.
While in Malawi, Malisero played for Surestream Academy and Ndirande Icons in Blantyre.
In 2018 Mahia knocked out Nyasa Big Bullets from the 2018 Caf Champions League 4-3 on post-match penalties. The two teams played out to a 1-1 draw on aggregate.
Football Players Association President Jimmy Zakazaka said it was unfortunate that Malisero failed to make the grade at Gor Mahia.
“I have known Andrew as a young player. Age is still on his side and he should not worry. Top clubs like Gor Mahia are so ambitious and maybe they were not satisfied with his performance.
“We have seen players being sidelined at one team and performing at another. Andrew will do better at another team. He should not be discouraged,” Zakazaka said.
Malisero was part of the Malawi senior team that played a friendly against Zimbabwe at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre.
He was introduced in the last five minutes of the match which ended goalless in October last year as the Flames were preparing to face Burkina Faso in back-to-back 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.