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Jabulani Linje handed lifeline

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Malawian striker Jabulani Linje has been handed a life line after football resumed behind closed doors in Japan over the weekend.

Linje joined J-League Third Division side Yokohama Sports and Culture Club from Be Forward Wanderers but is reported to have signed a three-year contract with an unnamed club.

His manager and brother, Jimmy, said the player is looking forward to making his debut for the new club.

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“Jabulani has settled well at the new club. I was in touch with him not long ago and he told me that life is slowly returning to normal in Japan. Teams have resumed training and he will soon make his debut for the new club,” Jimmy, who declined to reveal the name of the new club, said.

Linje moved to Japan from Wanderers through an agreement with sponsor Japanese second car dealer Be Forward Limited.

He returned home in December last year after the expiry of his contract with Yokohama before returning to the Asian island nation.

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Linje joined Wanderers after a string of solid performances with Civo Service United.

Former Civo coach, Milias ‘Jegwe’ Pofera, described Linje as a good player.

“He is a good player who only needs to work hard if he is to continue playing at top level,” Pofera said.

The versatile attacker was highly rated by former Malawi national football team coach Ronny Van Geneugden during his two-year tenure.

The Belgian mentor liked to feature Linje as a lone striker.

Linje is the only recognised Malawian footballer plying his trade in Japan.

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