By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Malawi national football team influential midfielder, John ‘CJ’ Banda, said he is flattered by reports linking him to South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams after an impressive campaign during the Cosafa Cup last week.
Banda, who was stand in captain for the Flames at the competition, is being linked with teams such as Golden Arrows and Bloemfontein Celtic.
The skipper was impressive throughout the tournament and bagged the Man-of-the-Match award during the Plate final against South Africa.
The former Blue Eagles and Eagle Strikers player said, though there is no concrete offer on the table, the development shows that other teams appreciate his talent.
“My contract has a clause that says, if any team comes, Songo would not stand in my way. This means I can go should there be an offer,” Banda said.
Relegated Free State Stars are also interested in signing the midfielder, who is a skilful dribbler and proven goal-scorer. Banda signed for Mozambican top side UD Songo on a year-long deal after spending two years with Ferraviario de Nampula.
Since moving to Songo where he reunited with elder brother Frank and Charles Swini, Banda has scored one goal and provided two assists in five games.
Banda, alongside Gabadinho Mhango and Player-of-the-Tournament Gerald Phiri Junior, helped the Flames to reach the Plate final which they lost 5-4 to South Africa on post-match penalties.
Phiri Junior sealed a three-year deal with PSL side Baroka FC as a free agent whereas Mhango has extended his stay at another South African side, Bidvest Wits, by one year.
Striker Richard Mbulu has also joined Baroka on a three-year deal.