Limbikani Mzava faults agent for failed Euro transfer
Former Flames captain Limbikani Mzava, the most consistent Malawian footballer in South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL), has attributed his failed transfer to a European team to “this thing of working with agents”.
South Africa’s leading newspaper Sowetan quotes Mzava as explaining how he ended up at Highlands Park after leaving Golden Arrows in the PSL at the end of last season.
“I had an option to go overseas, but it did not happen … you know this thing of working with agents. I had many offers from Europe; I cannot mention the names of the clubs but they are from Turkey and Holland. I was supposed to go [there],” Mzava told Sowetan.
“Most of the clubs wanted to sign me upon the expiration of my Arrows contract. It, eventually, happened that I was a free agent but that is where I say this thing of working with agents is not helping at times.”
Mzava did not disclose the identity of his agent but, according to Transfermarket website, Mzava is represented by LME Football Agency, owned by Mertkan Öndel.
Nevertheless, Mzava, who made himself unavailable for the Flames after a 3-0 loss in Morocco when Ronny van Geneugden was at the helm last year, has not ruled out a move to Europe.
“I am still looking forward to playing overseas and I am hoping that it will happen in future, especially if I do well at Highlands. I want to work extra hard this season and maybe by next season I can finally get a move to Europe. The door is still open,’’ he said.
Mzava is enjoying game-time at Highlands and was expected to return to action against AmaZulu yesterday having limped off the field in their 1-0 MTN8 first round win over Orlando Pirates almost a fortnight ago.
The former Escom United and Mighty Tigers skipper hopes to clinch a deal in Europe where he failed trials at AS Monaco (France) and Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Israel) largely due to his height.
“The report from the club is very positive; they like him a lot and felt he is a very good defender with a lot of potential, but they feel that he is not tall enough for the size of a central defender they are looking for.
“They further recommend in the report that he could have a big future as a central defensive midfielder as he wins the ball cleanly and has a very good passing technique,” Claudio Bollo, of Complete Footballers, then told Kick-Off edition of April 21 2012.