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I cannot wait for PSL

I believe in history. Even more football history but I am tired having the likes of Ernest Mtawali, Esau Kanyenda, Patrick Mabedi and John Maduka as still being the reference point of Malawi football talent in South Africa.

It has been a long time since a Malawian took the PSL by storm. But with a handful of Malawian players earning their places in the top flight clubs, I hope this year could belong to the men from Warm Heart of Africa.

Football is not necessarily about nationality but the talent. And I totally agree. But there comes a time when blood is thicker than water. You look at all the latest PSL’s scores; there is no Malawian on the score-sheet.

You flip through the Mzansi football publications; there is no single item on the exploits of a Malawian.

You get angry but you have no choice. For months you watch matches on television and the only mention you have of a Malawian players is on the substitutes’ list.

With the number of Malawians in the PSL swelling from four to ten players, I cannot wait for the PSL to get underway.

I believe it is time for most of us to be vindicated why we believe Robert Ng’ambi (Platinum Stars), Harry Nyirenda (Black Leopards) and Moses Chavula (Amazulu) are for the big time league.

Last season on his return to PSL football with Santos, Malawi captain Peter Mponda’s three man of the match performances, justified why he led the Flames to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

Now Mponda, Tawonga Chimodzi, Joseph Kamwendo and Chiukepo Msowoya have been joined in the PSL by compatriots Atusaye Nyondo (SuperSport United), Grant Lungu (Leopards), Limbikani Mzava at Bloemfontein Celtic.

And I do not understand why striker Peter Wadabwa (Thanda Royal Zulu) and defender Sankhani Mkandawire (Carara Kicks), for all their quality, should be wasted in the First Division.

I have no apologies but most of the Malawian players who were in the First Division just deserved better recognition. And I am not surprised they have earned it. You cannot suppress talent because the more you do, the more it floats for all to see.

Leopards to sign Malawian soldier Black Leopards have become the first ever foreign team to convince Malawi Defence Force (MDF) to release for trials with the Limpopo side Malawian international Dave Banda, who is also a soldier and plays for army side, Red Lions FC.

Banda, a long-time target for many top clubs including Kaizer Chiefs, has repeatedly failed to travel outside Malawi for trials as MDF rules do not allow serving soldiers to work outside the country on secondment while serving in the force.

But in a development that will certainly change the landscape of Malawi football, Leopards through their Malawi representative Kondie Msungama convinced MDF to travel to South Africa during the week.

“I am very grateful to the Army Commander [Mark Chiziko] for giving me this chance. I have been waiting for such an opportunity for a long time. It is a dream come true,” Banda, who is a Flames regular, told the press before departure in Blantyre.

In a letter to Leopards, Red Lions said: “We processed your request through normal channels to our headquarters in Lilongwe and we have since received a directive to release the player for the stated trials with your club.

“We also hope that all the necessary requirements and regulations regarding football trials will be taken into consideration by your management. We wish him a successful stay during the trials with your team, hence to make us push for his contract if the situation will be favourable,” reads the letter.

Kaizer Chiefs invited Banda, who was Malawi’s stand our performer at the 2010 Nations Cup in Angola, for trials last season but MDF did not release him saying procedures were not followed.

Facilitator of the trials Patrick Mabedi instead took to Chiefs for trials two midfielders Luke Muyawa and Green Harawa who both failed the trials with Chiefs coach Vermezovic Vladimir though Banda was among the two Malawian trialists.

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