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Lawrence Chaziya off to Jordan today

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Malawi National Football Team’s blossoming defender Lawrence Chaziya has said playing for Jordanian side Al Hussein Irbid is a stepping stone to greatness.

Chaziya, 24, made the remarks Friday before his departure for Middle East today.

The Civil Service United centre-half will leave the country through Kamuzu International Airport to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia before connecting to Cairo, Egypt and then proceeding to Jordan

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“This is a new chapter in my football career. I will go there and work extra hard to boost my chances of being in the first team. It is a new challenge but I am a fighter. I will not let this chance slip off my hands,” he said.

Chaziya paid tribute to his teammates and coaches at Civil for helping him to turn into a national team player.

Civil General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula said the player was leaving with the club’s blessings.

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“He is a young and dynamic player with high level discipline. We will miss him as a player but this is a new step in life we wish him the best of luck,” Chiwaula said.

Chaziya joined Civil in 2013 where he played for the Reserve side for two years before being promoted to the main team in 2015.

He caught the eye of Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Technical Director Marian Mario Marinica who drafted him into the main Flames squad.

He replaced injured Flames captain Limbikani Mzava in Flames’ come from behind victory over Zimbabwe. He went on to feature in Flames’ goalless draw against Senegal and 2-1 loss to Morocco in Yaoundé, Cameroon during Africa Cup of Nations finals.

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