South African agent ropes in Flames trio


A Flames trio has signed contract with a South African agent, Tsepho Riba, from Lijabu Sports Incorporated to help them secure deals with Premier Soccer League (PSc) sides.

Silver Strikers captain Lucky Malata, Big Bullets defender Yamikani ‘Soul Brother’ Fodya and Mozambique-based midfielder Chimango Kaira have each penned a three-year deal.

This follows Malawi’s participation at the Cosafa Castle Cup where they emerged champions of the Plate Section after beating Zambia 1-0 in the final on Friday.


According to the arrangement, the agent is only interested in brokering deals related to PSL teams. The three Flames players are free to use any agent to broker deals with other leagues across Africa and beyond.

The three Flames players would also be allowed to terminate the contract within three years provided they give a month notice.

Fodya admitted that they had signed contracts but said it was too early to comment.


Football Association of Malawi (Fam) competitions officer, Gomezgani Zakazaka, said they were not surprised that some players signed contracts with a South African agent.

“Most of the times scouts were monitoring Flames training. Maybe they were doing this to thoroughly observe the players,” he said.

During the Cosafa campaign, Flames lost to Mozambique 4-5 on post-match penalties in a quarterfinal match. During regulation time, the match ended two-all after Limbikani Mzava and skipper Lucky Malawi scored own-goals. Mzava and Mohammed Sulumba scored for the Flames.

Flames then saw off South Africa in Cosafa Cup Plate semi-final 5-4.

The Malawi national football team missed out on the ultimate K20 million Cosafa Cup prize money and they settled for K2.6 million following the win over Zambia.

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