Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen FC have confirmed securing the long-term future of highly rated defender Kieran Ngwenya in a deal that will see him remain at Pittodrie until 2024.
Aberdeen Manager Stephen Glass believes there is much to come from Kieran and his desire to commit to Aberdeen supports the club’s overarching strategy to be the best developer of young talent.
“Kieran is a player who has real potential, so I am pleased he has chosen to commit himself to the club. He now has an opportunity to build upon the appearances he made for the first team last season and put everything into his continued development.
“I look forward to working with him in the years ahead to help him fulfil his ambitions and establish his career with us,” Glass said.
Flames Team Manager Clement Kafwafwa said they were delighted with strides which Ngwenya was making, saying this was a morale booster ahead of the World Cup qualifiers in September and Africa Cup of Nations finals in January.
“This is what we have been looking for. He is going to learn a lot at Aberdeen and we wish him all the best as he pushes for game-time at a high level. When he came for his maiden call-up, we appreciated that he was talented and could feature for the Flames for a long time,” Kafwafwa said.
The 18-year-old from Edinburgh made his Aberdeen debut in a league win over Ross County in December 2020 and has since made one more appearance for the first team.
According to the club’s statement, in March 2021, Ngwenya moved on loan to Cove Rangers in Scottish League One, making seven appearances before the left-back made his international debut for Malawi in a friendly against Tanzania in June 2021.
Born to a Malawian father from Mzimba and a Caribbean mother, Ngwenya holds a British passport and he needed to fulfil Fifa requirements for him to represent Malawi.
Ngwenya completed the required process and was part of the Malawi National Football Team that lost 2-0 in Dar es Salaam.