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Mzava makes AmaZulu debut as Mbulu fires blanks

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MADE AMAZULU DEBUT—Mzava (left)

Malawian defender Limbikani Mzava finally made his debut for South Africa Premier Soccer League side AmaZulu in a 2-0 win over Black Leopards on Wednesday.

Mzava signed a two-year deal with AmaZulu last month but could not feature in the team’s two opening matches.

The former Highlands Park defender finally got a chance to prove his quality after making the first eleven for the Durban-based side.

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Mzava put up an impressive performance that saw Usuthu not conceding a goal.

The Malawian said he was happy to be part of a winning team.

“It was great to play for my new club. It is the wish of every player to feature in every game. Breaking into  the starting line up was not easy as I had stopped playing football after parting ways with Highlands Park. This was my first gam e here and I am looking forward to helping my team in its next assignments,” Mzava said.

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Meanwhile, Flames attacker Richard Mbulu has failed to replicate his scoring form after his side Baroka was held to a 1-1 draw by Golden Arrows on Wednesday at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Mbulu was hoping to add to his tally of three goals in two games which saw him top the goalscoring chart.

Baroka continued to sideline Mbulu’s compatriot and dead ball specialist Gerald Phiri Junior for the third consecutive match despite his good performances last season.

Analyst Kelvin Moyo congratulated Mzava for breaking into the first eleven, saying the development will benefit the Flames once he is recalled.

However, Moyo said Phiri Junior should patiently wait for his chance as coaches hardly change winning teams.

“I was happy to see Mzava playing for his new club. It is also pleasing that Mbulu played. This will give the national coach [Meck Mwase] healthy choices when it comes to selecting good players for the back-to-back Burkina Faso matches.

“I am not surprised to see Phiri on the bench. This is because Baroka were good in the past two matches where they collected maximum points. Most coaches would choose not to tamper with a team that is delivering. His time is coming,” Moyo said he starting line up was not easy as I had stopped playing football after parting ways with Highlands Park. This was my first game.

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