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Young Chimodzi Jnr strikes gold

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Flames’ fringe midfielder, Young Chimodzi Jnr, has U-turned on a move to India and signed for Greek second tier league side, Podosfairikos Gymnastikos Syllogos (PGS) Kissamikos FC.

The holding midfielder, who joins in Greece his young brother Tawonga as the other only Flames’ player in Europe, U-turned after visa delays thwarted his move to Indian second division side, Kenkre Sports Club.

“It’s a one-year contract and if we survive this season, we will talk of extending it. I have trained with the team for two days and it is a good side. The game is fast though and the pay is far much better,” he said on Monday.

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Footballers in Greece can earn over US$3 000 (K1, 578, 000) monthly, internet information indicates.

Apparently, the Indian side had agreed terms with Silver, but the delays reportedly consumed the midfielder’s offer duration. Young Chimodzi Jnr has joined as a free agent after buying out his Silver contract at estimated US$5 000 (K 2, 360 000).

“Silver delayed in having the visa application papers stamped, but I did not want to complicate matters. The two teams agreed terms, but I did not actually sign. An agent, who also manages Tawonga, has made my transfer to Greece possible,” Young Chimodzi Jnr added.

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The former Silver Strikers captain Tawonga, who plays for tier Greek Super League outfit Platanius FC, first signed for a second division team, Iraklis Psachna, in 2013.

The duo’s legendary father, Young Chimodzi Snr, yesterday said he was happy that his sons were atoning for an opportunity he wasted in the early 1980s after rejecting a Belgian club. The senior preferred a Reserve Bank of Malawi job.

“I have told them to make the most of these opportunities of playing in Europe. During my playing days, I did not fancy a career in Europe, but football is now more rewarding,” said the former Flames mentor.

Flames coach, Ernest Mtawali, hailed the move as good for the national team which is in group L of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, starting next month, and also meet Tanzania in the 2018 World Cup preliminary round matches in October.

“We need more players in Europe. Last time he played for Flames in 2013, he did well against Botswana. He plays in the same position like Chikoti Chirwa and Phillip Masiye. Chimodzi times everything well; he is a good reader of the game and with training in Europe, he will get better,” Mtawali said.

Founded in 1926 and owned by Greece Antonis Rokakis, Kissamikos is based in Kissamos town, Chania City. Home ground is 700-capacity Maleme Stadium. Spyridon Baskevanos manages the Greek team.

EXTRA INFO

Chimodzi Jnr has six caps

Previous clubs:

Silver Strikers, Civo United, Escom United.

Age: 2

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