South African Premier Soccer League clubs have turned their backs on Malawian players after not signing any local player for two consecutive seasons.
PSL’s transfer window was closed a few days ago but there was no room for home grown talent. In a related development 10 Malawian players attended trials in Mozambique and only three, Frank Banda, Charles Swini, and Chawanangwa Kaonga, who were all playing for Silver Strikers were signed.
Player agent Ben Chiwaya said, expansion of PSL teams’ scouting horizon has left Malawi at a disaantage as this means that South African teams have a wide range of choice.
Former Flames midfielder Earnest Mtawali said lack of developmental programs has affected the quality of players from the country. He also cited some big name players, Peter Mponda, Robert Ng’ambi, Esau Kanyenda, Fischer Kondowe and Peter Wadabwa as some of the players who benefited from the developmental program as they all once played for the junior national teams.
The South African League is currently one of the most prestigious in the continent that in 2008 it was rated as the best in Africa. With that kind of status, they now put patriotism ahead of anything as their main aim is to shine the spotlight on their home grown talent.
The last Malawian player to make a major switch to South Africa is Frank Gabadinho Mhango who signed for Bloemfontein Celtic after a wonderful season at Bullets.
Some locals Gastin Simkonda ,Lucky Malata, Sankhani Mkandawire, and Miracle Gabeya, missed an opportunity to play in the rainbow nation after they failed to impress when they went for trials.
Source : Malawi24