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Former Nyasa Big Bullets dribbling wizard Mike Mkwate has been granted the opportunity to begin showcasing his skills in South Africa after his National First Division side Polokwane City managed to register him just as the transfer window came to a close.

Mkwate was in danger of missing out on playing for his new team after it was initially reported that Polokwane had failed to register him in time.

However, Mkwate said he had received communication on Sunday that he had been registered and what remained was an International Transfer Certificate.

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The former Wizards FC attacking midfielder said it was pleasing that he would not need to wait until June to play for Polokwane as was earlier reported.

“All is well with me here. I was expecting to meet the owner of the club on Sunday to discuss the way forward and, fortunately, I received a WhatsApp text indicating that I had been registered to play for Polokwane,” Mkwate said.

The WhatsApp message which Polokwane Chairperson Johnny Mogaladi sent indicated that the certificate from Fifa would be ready this week.

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“Just registered you on Friday; waiting for ITC from Fifa. TMS will update next week,” reads the message.

Meanwhile, Mkwate has started training with his team mates and has promised to work hard to impress coach Clinton Larsen.

Issuance of the certificate will not automatically mean that Mkwate would be eligible to play as his club would need to process his work permit first.

The pint-sized Mkwate helped Bullets to win the Carlsberg Cup in 2017 before winning back-to-back TNM Super League titles in 2018 and 2019.

Polokwane’s signing of Mkwate has brought the number of Malawians at the club to three after defender Dennis Chembezi and striker Khuda Muyaba joined last year.

Chembezi hit the ground running as he walked straight into the starting line-up when the team was in the Premier Soccer League.

The former Mighty Wanderers defender is currently out of action because of an injury. Muyaba is one of Polokwane’s goal scorers after failing to command a place in his first season.

The lack of action compelled him to announce that he had resigned from the club but later rescinded his decision.

Mkwate and Chembezi also played together at Wizards.

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