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TS Sporting cling to Chawanangwa Kaonga

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South African club TS Sporting has said Malawian attacker Chawanangwa Kaonga is not for sale at any price in the next transfer window.

Kaonga is on the radar of Absa Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs having impressed in just four games for Sporting in the Glad Africa Championship, also known as the National First Division.

Amazulu have also registered interest in the Malawian.

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Sporting owner, Slungu Thobela, told South African online soccer publication www.kickoff.com that he was not ready to part ways with the former Silver Strikers goal poacher.

“He is a good player; he is top player. In fact, according to me, he is too big for this league [NFD]. No no no, I’m not. He must help the team to get promoted. No! I am not prepared. You know that boy earns monies that are paid in the premier league.

“So I spent money to get him through Fifa, it was a legal battle. I am paying him a decent salary, so you have to be convincing if you want take him away from us; because I struggled to get hold of him. I want him to help the team to get to the next division,” Thobela was quoted as saying.

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Thobela said Kaonga’s attitude was good on and off the pitch.

“Players like Chawanangwa Kaonga are the players that can make this possibility become a reality. He is quick, he is good on dead-balls, can cut in and take shots, he can shoot from distance. He is a unique player. It is very difficult for me to compare him. Remember, he only played four games for us, and he has got three assists,” he added.

Kaonga joined Sporting on a two-year deal having helped Costa Do Sol of Mozambique to the Mocambola League title with 10 goals last season including a brace in a 4-2 victory over runners-up UD Songo.

Mozambique-based football consultant, Nelito James, said Kaonga has the potential to play for a top club in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL).

“He was supposed to be up there among the best in the PSL a long time ago but circumstances delayed the process. To me, he is one of the best players that emerged in the past decade in Malawi but has always been underrated and ignored,” James said.

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