Teams scramble for Malawi U-20 players


Zambia Super Division giants, Power Dynamos, have emerged as frontrunners in the race to sign some Malawi under-20 national football team players, following their exploits at the Cosafa Junior Championship underway in Kitwe.
Forwards Patrick Phiri and Peter Banda, midfielders Mike Mkwate, Chimwemwe Idana and left-back Precious Sambani are among the players Dynamos, plus other clubs such as Nkana Rangers, Zanaco and South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, have been monitoring through officials and scouts.
So far, it is Dynamos that have reportedly put offers on the table for Phiri and Banda.
The junior Flames’ assistant Coach, Peter Mponda, on Monday reluctantly confirmed that he was holding talks with the Zambian side’s Chief Executive Officer, Ricky Mwamfunda (Dynamos).
“He is coming this evening [for talks at Edinburg Hotel, where the team was based in Kitwe],” Mponda said briefly, adding that Dynamos are also interested in Banda, who plays for Griffin Young Stars.
Young Stars owner, Griffin Saenda Junior, was not readily available for a comment yesterday.
The Flames Coach, Ronny van Geneugden, yesterday confirmed that top teams from Europe have inquired about some junior Flames’ players.
“I will have this confirmation in the next few days,” Van Geneugden said in a brief response.
Mwamfunda, who watched Banda and Phiri star for the junior Flames in Group A games against Swaziland, Zambia and Uganda at Arthur Davies Stadium, on Monday said he would comment on the matter upon meeting the team’s coaching panel on Monday evening.
Arthur Davies is Dynamos’ base.
Mwamfunda could not pick calls when called again yesterday.
Dynamos, the six-time top flight Zambia league champions, made history after winning the Africa Cup Winners Cup, now called the Confederations Cup, in 2001.
Reports also suggest that Sundowns are closing in on Idana and Mkwate.
In each of the three Group A games, Malawi produced a man of the match in Idana, Phiri and Levison Maganizo.
Other scouts for Europeans clubs have also contacted the junior Flames’ coaching panel over Banda, Mkwate and Phiri.
Italian scout Omar Sciola is among those hunting for talent at the ongoing championship.
The Daily Times understands that Mponda and Saenda are buying their time on outright offers on their table while holding out for better deals.

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