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South African club changes tune on Civil player

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South Africa’s Glad Africa Championship side Black Leopards have ended their interest in Civil Service United blossoming striker Christopher Kumwembe due to the player’s delay to get travel documents.

Kumwembe failed to travel to South Africa in time as he had no valid travel documents after the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services stopped issuance of the passports.

But after getting the travel documents on Monday, Leopards communicated to Civil that they will not be able to assess him as the foreign quota was full.

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“Due to the delays of Christopher’s passport as a club, we also went out to look for other possible solutions and we got a striker from Zambia who is on assessment as I am speaking to you. We have got only one foreign slot at this stage and we don’t want to have any complications,’’ reads part of the communication from in the second-tier league in South Africa–Glad Africa Championship. the only Malawian players

However, Mkwate’s future at Polokwane hangs in limbo as his former side Nyasa Big Bullets expressed interest to sign him back either on loan or permanent contract.

In total, there are only four recognised players in South Africa.

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This is sharp drop as country. In 2011/12 season, Malawi had 16 players in the Premier ship Soccer League including the likes of Robert Ng’ambi, Joseph Kamwendo, Bernard Harawa and Moses Chavula among others.

Probably, this could mean a bad signal that Malawi’s football is steadily declining.

Some countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique have more players in the South Africa top league.

In the going transfer window, there were no serious offers targeting Malawian players.

A football scout, Ben Chiwaya said there was a need to focus much on development of the players.

“If we can improve our development structures in both clubs and national teams we will be able to export more players.

“There are a lot of things which we look at when scouting and it includes age, behaviour both on and off the pitch. The market is so huge and Malawi has a lot of hidden talent. Let us not focus on already products and ignore the youth,” Chiwaya said.

However, Chavula, a former Flames defender, attributed the decline to Malawi’s poor performance at the Cosafa Cup in recent years.

“Malawi players have failed to live up to their expectations when they get deals with PSL teams. In addition, some players fail to impress during the Cosafa Cup,” Chavula, who played for Nathi Lions in South Africa, said.

However, recently some Malawian players signed for European teams with Charles Petro and Francisco Madinga plying their trade in Moldova and Georgia respectively.

Flames midfielder Peter Banda went to Moldova before moving to Tanzanian outfit Simba SC whereas Lawrence Chaziya plays in Jordan, Asia.

To date, there are also few Malawi players in Mozambique.

Flames vice-captain John Banda is the only national team player in Mozambique whereas Bright Munthali, Chimango Kaira and Mathews Sibale are some of the Malawian players plying their trade in that country.

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