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No debut for Dalitso Sailesi

Former Nyasa Big Bullets’ slippery winger, Dalitso Sailesi, is, weeks after his big money switch to Lusaka Dynamos, yet to have a feel of Zambian Super League, largely due to logistical reasons.

Broker of his transfer Felix Sapao confirmed yesterday that the winger has a work permit to process and a dog-fight for position to surmount before earning his debut in the neighbouring country.

“Lusaka Dynamos FC, as a professional unit, has 45 exceptional players. He has to fight for his position to play.

“But I think the main issue now is his work permit application. It should be submitted this week. Sailesi flew back to Zambia on Friday with his police clearance for the work permit application,” Sapao explained.

In a separate telephone interview last Thursday, Dynamos Coach, Patrick Phiri, lavished praise on the Malawian as a bright talent likely to set Zambian football alight.

Football Association of Malawi cleared the winger a fortnight ago, but Phiri said they were yet to allocate him a jersey number, let alone hand him a debut.

“We are very happy with Dalitso. He is very talented. Last week, we allowed him to go back home to prepare for his new life here.

“We are very hopeful that he will succeed for us because he is very versatile. He can play either as an attacker behind strikers or as a winger—on the left or right,” said the former Chipolopolo coach.

Bullets Interim General Secretary, Albert Chigoga, said he was following the Flames player, who earned his move to Dynamos after a stellar performance in an otherwise doomed showing for Malawi at the Cosafa Castle Cup in South Africa.

“It seems the team has many stars. In the last game against Power Dynamos, I noticed that he was not featured, but that is the environment that helps one grow,” Chigoga explained on Tuesday.

The Lusaka side is believed to have paid K22.5 million for Sailesi who signed a five-year contract.

The former Blantyre United player is the second Malawian to play in Zambia in the past few years after Luka Milanzi’s stint at Zesco while on loan from TP Mazembe of Congo.

Dynamos have star players, including former Ghana international Lee Addy, Ugandan defender Joseph Ochaya and Congolese forward Chris Mugalu.

Dynamos, who host Konkola Blades this Saturday, are on fifth place on the log table with 33 points, five points behind leaders Zesco United.

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