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Taonga Chimodzi signs for new club in Cyprus

ENJOYING LIFE IN CYPRUS—Chimodzi (left) in last season’s action

Forgotten Malawian midfielder, Taonga Chimodzi, has joined Ommonia Aradippou FC in Cyprus-his third club since moving to that country in 2017.

Chimodzi completed the move recently having helped his former team Karmiotissa FC to earn promotion to the top flight league last season.

However, the former Silver Strikers midfielder opted to remain in the second-tier as he switched clubs.

Chimodzi, son to former Flames and Silver Strikers coach Young Chimodzi Senior, Thursday said he was excited to start a new lease of life ahead of next season which is yet to start due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“My season was great. We finished top of the table to win promotion to the top division. Of course we did not finish all our games because of Covid-19. But from next season, I will be playing for a new team,” he said.

Playing as a defensive midfielder, the former Santos FC (South Africa) player managed to score a goal in the second-tier last season.

However, the Malawian is among the top five players who gained the most minutes of playing time in the league last year.

“I scored just one goal but I do not remember providing an assist. But I am the only onfield player in the league who played the most minutes. I hope I will settle quickly at the new club because I know most of the players after playing against them for the past two years,” Chimodzi said.

Chimodzi has been in Europe for close to five years having had stints with Greek sides AO Platanias and Eraklis Psachna.

Taonga’s brother, Young Junior, said he was pleased with the development.

“I am happy that my brother has managed to sign for another club. It is not easy for a player to ply his trade in Europe for close to five years.

“It is a great opportunity that one should grab with both hands. Playing in Europe is not easy but once you understand what it means, your game improves a lot. Taonga is strong physically, mentally and spiritually and this helps his game quite a lot,” he said.

Chimodzi moved to Cyprus to join Asil Lysis FC in 2017 after playing for three clubs in Greece.

The 32-year-old midfielder also played for the Malawi national football team at the peak of his career.

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