By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
South African clubs, including Soweto giants Orlando Pirates, are reportedly monitoring Be Forward Wanderers blossoming forward Francisco Madinga Junior after a fantastic performance in the TNM Super League this season.
The former Namiwawa FC player has claimed his stake in Wanderers camp, scoring vital goals, including a brace in the 4-1 victory over TN Stars recently.
Wanderers Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, told the local media that Madinga was expected to be released to South Africa for trials at the end of the league’s first-round.
“There are several teams interested in him, including Pirates, but we have told the agent that the teams can assess him during the first-round break. The youngster is one of the important players for us,” Mkandawire is quoted as saying.
Madinga yesterday confirmed receiving an inquiry from some foreign teams.
“I was contacted by some people from South Africa on the issue and they told me to provide them with my details so I am just waiting. I am humbled that other teams are appreciating my talent. I will continue working hard so that I realise my dream,” he said.
Madinga joined Wanderers alongside defender Precious Sambani on a two-year loan deal from Namiwawa.
But after the expiry of the loan deals, Madinga stayed put at Wanderers whereas Sambani joined rivals Nyasa Big Bullets on a three-year deal.
Madinga is expected to feature for Wanderers in Saturday’s Blantyre derby against Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre after missing a goal-less draw against Silver Strikers at Silver Stadium last week in the league.
The youngster, alongside Peter Banda, Chimwemwe Idana, Charles Petro and Mike Mkwate, are considered as future stars for the Flames.
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