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Richard Mbulu coy on Baroka future after relegation

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Flames striker Richard Mbulu has said he is yet to decide on his future with relegated South African club Baroka.

Baroka were relegated from the DStv Premiership after a 1-0 loss to Maritzburg United on Saturday. The relegated side could also be without Malawian striker in the Glad Africa Championship next season as Mbulu’s contract is set to expire next month.

In an interview from his South Africa base, Mbulu said discussions with his employers on the extension of the deal were yet to start.

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“There is nothing at the moment. We will see what will happen in the next few weeks. Anything can happen,” said the former Mafco striker.

Mbulu said he was disappointed that his side failed to survive relegation battle.

“We did everything to remain in the top flight league but it was not our year. We have to accept it and move on,” Mbulu said.

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Mbulu is not the only Malawian who has an uncertain future in South Africa.

Flames and Orlando Pirates striker Gabadinho Mhango is also likely to leave his club at the end of the season.

Flames captain Limbikani Mzava has had limited game at his Premiership side Amazulu.

Sports analyst Peterkins Kayira said Mbulu has chances of playing for another team in the DStv Premiership next season.

“It is very disappointing that his team got relegated. But I know Mbulu is a good player and other teams might be interested in him,” Kayira said.

The striker is expected to be part of the Flames squad to face Ethiopia and Guinea in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations ( Afcon) qualifiers next month.

Mbulu joined Baroka from Costa do Sol in Mozambique in 2019 alongside compatriot and cousin Gerald Phiri Junior, who joined Sudanese giants Al Hilal.

He also played for Portuguese lower league side Sanjoane. Mbulu won the TNM Super League golden boot award with 19 goals while playing for Mafco in 2016.

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