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Griffin Stars eye foreign market

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BY MPHATSO MALIDADI:

FMB Under-20 National Football League champions, Griffin Young Stars, are working on a strategy to export their players to South Africa and other international academies.

The team’s owner-cum-coach, Griffin Saenda Junior, said they were discussing with international counterparts to link them up with the academies.

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“The set-up of our [Malawian] football is not good for developing players. Some teams in South Africa are ready to host our promising players for trials,” he said.

Stars have been holding on to attacker Peter Banda who recently underwent trials with the academy side of South Africa’s giants, Orlando Pirates.

Banda was linked with several top Super League teams but his side refused to let him go as they felt none of the clubs had the perfect conditions for the playmaker’s development.

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Meanwhile, Stars lead the Blantyre Zone race with 27 points from 11 games, having won eight matches and drawn thrice.

Maggie Chombo Academy lie second with 25 points whereas Uwe Kicks are third with 24 points. Both teams have played 11 games.

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