Malawi national football team attacking midfielder, Gerald Phiri Junior, may not have been successful in helping his South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) club, Platinum Stars, escape relegation but that has not stopped several big clubs in the Rainbow Nation from fighting for his signature.
According to soccerladuma. com, champions Mamelodi Sundowns and runners up Orlando Pirates are two of the clubs that are taking aim at Phiri Junior.
The 24-year-old could also return to his parent club, Bidvest Wits, after emerging as one of the few shining lights in the Stars side that slumped to the lower league.
Another PSL side, Baroka FC, is also keen on bringing him on board.
Phiri will certainly not be short of suitors as Stars, who he played for on loan from Wits, could be willing to land him on a permanent basis as they prepare to campaign for a return to the top flight league.
The dead ball specialist, who has been in South Africa for more than two seasons, could qualify to play as a local due to the fact that one of his parents is from South Africa.
This would make him even more desirable to PSL clubs as he would not have to be registered as a foreigner.
South African clubs have at times failed to sign foreign players because of quota restrictions as authorities want local players to be given a chance as well.
Phiri was deemed surplus to requirements at Wits and was loaned out to Stars at the beginning of last season.
But he proved his mettle at the North West club by scoring three goals and making four assists in the league.
It will be interesting to see how he could perform in a team that is not battling relegation.
National Football Coaches Committee Chairperson, Steward Mbolembole, described Phiri as a brilliant player who can fit in any team.
“His team may have been relegated but his individual performance was outstanding. He also has age on his side as teams know that he has more than five years of competing at top level. So we should not be surprised that he is catching the attention of big clubs,” Mbolembole said.
Phiri was not part of the Flames squad that failed to proceed to the quarterfinals of this year’s Cosafa Cup in Polokwane City, South Africa.
He also missed the friendly match between the Flames and Uganda in March which ended in a goalless stalemate.
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