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South Africa clubs snub Kamuzu Barracks midfielder


South Africa National First Division side (NFD) Royal Eagles have denied signing Kamuzu Barracks and Flames midfielder Chikoti Chirwa on a five months loan deal.

This follows reports that Chirwa was stuck in South Africa after his move failed to materialise.

Controversial and self-proclaimed player’s manager, Prince Jere claimed recently that Chirwa had signed a deal with Eagles until June, waiting for a move to Absa Premier Soccer League side, Amazulu FC.

However, in an interview Eagles General Manager, Morgan Maila, said there was no agreement with the player.

“No deal with us and he just came to try his luck but there were issues that happened at our club and we did not sign him. But they were pleading with us that we should keep him until June but we told them we do not operate in that way,” Maila said in a telephone interview yesterday.

Before the closure of the transfer window, Jere claimed that he was pushing for clearance of the Flames midfielder.

Then, it was claimed that the Flames star would join Amazulu in June when the international transfer window opens.

But in a separate interview yesterday, Amazulu official, Nhlanhla Mkhathini, also said there was no agreement with the KB midfielder.

“There’s nothing that’s come of that. There was an agent who was pushing for him to come to the club but as I said nothing has come of that. We don’t have a space for a foreign player at the moment,” he added.

When contacted yesterday, Jere said he was locked in a meeting and promised to come back, a thing he never did.

Chirwa is still in Durban, South Africa after Jere dumped him at a lodge owned by businessman Collen Fezah.

Fezah, told our sister paper, The Daily Times that Jere disappeared after failing to pay accommodation and food bills for three weeks.

KB General Secretary, Steve Kakuza said the club would release a statement on the matter soon.

While Chirwa is in South Africa, some of the local players are doing non-residential training in preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Burkina Faso.

Chirwa is one of the reliable players for the national team having featured for the team for more than two years.

However, Chirwa was not readily available for his comment yesterday.

But in a video clip, Chirwa claimed all was well saying he would return home, any time soon.

“Guys I am ok and I am not stranded. But ask him (Jere) there must be a reason he disappeared. I will be home on Tuesday,” Chirwa said.

Reports indicate that he went to South Africa alongside Jere by road.

Chirwa joined Kamuzu Barracks after Red Lions were relegated from the TNM Super League in 2018.

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