Fifa-sanctioned player intermediary Amadou Fontem Tigana has asked Malawi National Football Team defender Stanley Sanudi and midfielder Francisco Madinga to leave their manager and engage him to complete moves to European clubs.
Tigana, who facilitated Lawrence Chaziya’s move from Civil Service United to Jordanian Pro League side Al Hussein Irbid SC, said he had offers for the duo following their impressive showing at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.
He revealed that the pair initially turned down his first approach in Cameroon when he wanted them to sign with his firm Royal Soccer Scout Management Group.
“I halted discussions with the potential clubs one in France and another one on Sweden because they said they were contracted to another manager. The players stand a big chance to land European club deals if they sign with me,” he said.
Tigana claimed that Sanudi and Madinga could emulate Chaziya, who has joined a bandwagon of 45 players including Leicester City’s Zambian forward Patson Daka, who are under his firm.
Sanudi, who is also a Mighty Wanderers defender, confirmed turning down the offer in Cameroon, saying he was working on new arrangements, having initially turned down Tigana’s firm.
“He [Tigana] came with the forms for us to sign but there were other areas that needed to be changed. I am contracted to another agent from South Africa. So we wanted a win-win situation. I am now going through the right steps before I sign for him,” the full-back said.
Madinga, who plays for Dila Gori in Georgia, could not be reached for a comment.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.