The demand for Malawian football players in the Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) is increasing as some top teams have started expressing interest to get some of the local stars in the next transfer window once the Covid-19 pandemic is over.
Absa Premiership was halted just like many football leagues across the world due to the pandemic.
South Africa-based football agent Mac Donald Aphane confirmed that before the coronavirus outbreak, he had received inquiries from PSL leaders Kaizer Chiefs and Amazulu FC for attacker Chawangwa Kaonga who plies his trade for National First Division side TS Sporting.
“After the Nedbank Cup game between TS Sporting and Bloemfontein Celtic, both scouts of Kaizer Chiefs and Amazulu FC showed very big interest in the player, so we are looking forward to seeing what is going to happen when the league resumes.
“For Miracle Gabeya, he will be training with Cape Town City when the team starts training. Malawian players showed how good they are in terms of quality in our league,” Aphane, who facilitated deals for Kaonga to Sporting and Richard Mbulu to Baroka FC, said.
He also heaped special praise on Flames striker Gabadihno Mhango for “performing beyond expectations in the PSL this season” as he is the leading goal scorer with 14 goals. But Aphane said he expected more players to join big teams in the PSL in the next transfer window once football activities resumes.
Kaonga joined Sporting in January this year after scoring nine goals as he helped Costa do Sol win the Mocambola League in Mozambique. He made a bright start to his career at Sporting, scoring goals and providing assists.
Local football analyst George Kaudza-Masina said Kaonga and Gabeya have the potential to perform at the top level.
“[Gabadihno] has proved many people wrong despite his height. I will not be surprised to see more players following in his footsteps in PSL. I have watched Kaonga; he is also talented but he just needs enough exposure, otherwise he has the skills to perform at the top level,” Kaudza-Masina said.
Gabeya, who sneaked out to South Africa in March this year, is still in the Rainbow Nation and is a free agent after his contract with Nyasa Big Bullets, expired. Previously, Gabeya participated in trials at Chiefs and Highlands Park but the deal flopped due to various reasons.