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Malawian players soar in Mozambique

By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

IN FORM—CJ

Malawian players plying their trade in Mozambique’s Mocambola League are enjoying a rich vein of form.

Striker Chawanangwa Kawonga is in form after scoring six goals for Costa do Sol this season whereas John ‘CJ’ Banda of UD Songo has scored four.

Seasoned striker Peter Wadabwa and midfielder Frank Banda have netted three goals each so far.

CJ, who joined Songo on a season-long deal from Ferroviario de Nampula, said he was excited with his exploits at the club.

“I have settled down well and my team mates have been very supportive. My elder brother Frank has also helped me to find my feet quickly,” the former Blue Eagles midfielder said.

John and Kawonga were part of the Flames Cosafa Cup squad which lost 5-4 to South Africa in the Cosafa Plate final on post-match penalties.

CJ was also linked with moves to several South African teams but nothing had materialised.

Songo are second on the log table with 23 points, just one point behind leaders Ferroviario de Beira, who have 24 points from 13 games.

Costa are third with 13 points from the same number of games.

Elsewhere, Flames striker Gabadinho Mhango last week netted a brace for his new club Orlando Pirates as they beat Absa Premier Soccer League newcomers Stellenbosch 2-1 in a practice match.

Mhango is expected to be part of the Pirates squad for the Carling Black Label Cup match against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Two other Flames players, striker Richard Mbulu and attacking midfielder Gerald Phiri Junior, are at Baroka FC.

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