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Silver Strikers peg Chawanangwa Kaonga at K40 million

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Silver Strikers have pegged seasoned striker Chawanangwa Kaonga at $40,000 (K40 million).

Kaonga has made the grade at Zambian top club Zanaco after training with the team from December 30 to January 3.

He is expected to sign a two-year deal with the club after agreeing personal terms.

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Inside sources at Silver confided in us that the Zambian club is ready to activate Kaonga’s $20,000 (about K20 million) release clause.

“He has a K20 million release clause in his contract. The two clubs are still discussing. At first, Silver were demanding K40 million but they have softened up,’’ the source said.

This could be good business for Silver after they signed the striker for free in 2021 at the end of his contract with South African club TS Sporting.

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Silver Company Secretary Peter Masiye confirmed that the player was on the verge of joining Zanaco.

“Everything is going on well. We hope, by the end of this week, the deal will be concluded,’’ Masiye said.

But he declined to confirm the transfer fee.

Silver former coach Daniel Kabwe recommended Kaonga to Zanaco, having managed him during his stint at Area 47.

Kaonga’s manager Fred Kalonga said the player will deliver in Zambia.

“This is what Chawanangwa needed in his career. It is such a big move as the Zambian League is far ahead of many leagues in Africa. This is a stepping stone for him. He is a good player and will deliver,’’ Kalonga said.

The player had a good season at Silver with 12 goals to his name in the 2022 TNM Super League.

The versatile forward returned to Silver after completing a six-month ban from Fifa for breach of contract.

The ban emanated from a transfer wrangle between Sporting and Mozambican top side Costa do Sol in 2020.

Costa reported Sporting to Fifa, arguing that Chawanangwa had a running contract with them.

The world football governing body ruled in Costa’s favour and punished Kaonga and Sporting.

While playing for Costa, the Malawian helped them win the Mocambola League title in 2019, having scored 10 goals.

Chawanangwa’s impressive performances at Sporting caught the attention of South African giants Kaizer Chiefs but a much anticipated move fell through on unclear reasons.

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