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Jabulani Linje switches teams in Japan

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SAID TO HAVE MOVED—Linje

Former Be Forward Wanderers attacking midfielder, Jabulani Linje, has joined another Japanese side as he continues hunting for success in the Asian island nation.

Jabulani became the first Malawian player to join third division J-3 League side Yokohama Sports and Culture Club on a two-year loan deal from Wanderers in 2018.

But the forward got another opportunity with an unnamed J-3 League side at the expiry of his deal.

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His manager and brother, Jimmy Linje, confirmed that the former Civo Service United forward moved to another club where he signed a three-year contract in January.

“We made a decision as a family but we do not want to disclose the name of the team for personal reasons. Jabulani is in Japan and will be playing there for another three years,” Jimmy said.

Jabulani moved to Japan from Wanderers through an agreement with their Japanese second car dealer sponsor, Be Forward.

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But after the expiry of his contract, he returned home in December before going back the following month.

Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde, said there were negotiations between them and the player over renewing the contract.

“We have been in touch with the player and we agreed to take him back once his contract expires in Japan,” Maunde said.

A month after signing the contract, Jabulani travelled to Singapore with his new team for pre-season matches.

But Be Forward’s local representative, Mike Butao, said the player is not in japan.

“What I know is that Jabulani left Japan on February 16 but I do not know where he is at the moment,” Butao said.

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

The Belgian mostly featured him as a lone striker.

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