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Mighty Wanderers follow Rafiq Namwera in South Africa


Mighty Wanderers have said they are following with keen interest developments surrounding their midfielder Rafiq Namwera, who has been undergoing trials at South Africa National First Division (NFD) side Black Leopards.

Wanderers Board of Directors Secretary Humphrey Mvula said they were concerned that Namwera left the country about a fortnight ago without the club’s consent.

Mvula said there was a possibility that their star could be trying to join Leopards as a free agent as his contract is expected to expire in two months.

“What we know for sure is that Namwera is undergoing trials at Leopards but this is without our blessings. We have taken proper steps with relevant football administrators so that the matter should be handled in line with all relevant procedures,” he said.

Mvula said they were yet to receive communication from Leopards as regards their intentions on Namwera.

“We have not received any communication from Leopards but we are doing all we can to bring the matter to a logical conclusion. We just heard that he was welcomed at the airport in South Africa by well-known people in football circles. It is unfortunate that things happened in that matter,” he said.

Mvula maintained that Namwera remains their player and that they would continue to treat him as such.

“Namwera has a running contract with Wanderers until the end of December. We are of the view that proper procedures should have been followed in the whole process. I know there are rules and regulations that are supposed to be followed under such circumstances. We just hope that Leopards will venture into discussions with us on the matter,” he said.

Should Namwera reach an agreement to sign for Leopards, he would wait until January 2022 for the next transfer window to open.

Meanwhile, another Malawi National Football Team star Chikoti Chirwa is also in South Africa at Polokwane City undergoing two-week trials.

Chirwa left for Polokwane on Thursday last week.

Leopards are 15th on the NFD log table with seven points from nine matches while Polokwane lie third with 15 points from 10 matches.

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