Malawi Under-20 National Football Team might have endured a disastrous outing at the recent Cosafa Youth Championship in South Africa, but the tournament provided players a platform to showcase their talent to potential suitors.


The Junior Flames’
appearance in the regional youth
football showpiece, South Africa
Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs
have inquired about two players, Team
Manager Griffin Saenda Junior,
confirmed on Wednesday.
Defender Nickson Nyasulu and striker
Abel Mwakilama have been earmarked
for trials at PSL sides, Chippa United
and Baroka United, next month,
Saenda said.
“I have been asked to set the ball
rolling by processing the players’
yellow fever books and police reports
then the clubs will send official
invitation letters for the players.
Subject to a nod from Football
Association of Malawi [Fam], the
players will undergo trials with both
teams,” he said.
Nyasulu and Mwakilama, who were
outstanding during the Cosafa
tournament despite that the Junior
Flames failed to score in three games,
play for Griffin Saenda Stars of
Blantyre and Chitipa United,
Stars and Chitipa campaign in the FMB
Under-20 League and Simama Premier
Division, respectively.
Saenda added that during the
tournament in South Africa, injured
attacker, Peter Banda, missed out on a
potential transfer to another PSL side,
Golden Arrows.
“They sent their scout who had a video
of the exploits of Peter at the Cosafa
Under-17 Championship. However, the
coach wanted to have a second look at
him during the Under-20 competition.
Furthermore, we are still waiting for
Orlando Pirates, who also showed
interest in the player. I understand
they are now in Turkey for pre-season
training,” Saenda said.
Ch i t ipa Coach Rober t Mzinza
yesterday confirmed the growing
interest in Mwakilama, who has
bagged 37 goals in 36 appearances for
the Simama Premier Division pace-
“A South African team contacted us
through their representative, who is
based in Malawi. The other team called
us from South Africa. Unless we
receive an official invitation for the
player, I will not reveal the identities of
the clubs,” Mzinza insisted yesterday.
Fam Transfer Matching Sys tem
Manager, Casper Jangale, who is
responsible for international football
transfers, yesterday said the Junior
Flames’ players can attend trials in
foreign land without hassles.
“Being for the Under-20 team, it means
that these players might be aged 18 or
19, so it is okay. Fifa regulations only
restrict transfers involving minors,”
Jangale said yesterday.
Signing for the PSL clubs might be the
mere beginning of struggles to break
into their main playing squads. Of late,
most Malawian players have found it
difficult to see regular action in the
PSL, whose standards are believed to
be on the rise.
The number of Malawian footballers in
the PSL has declined to just five—
Robert Ng’ambi (Platinum Stars), Esau
Kanyenda (Polokwane City), Limbikani
Mzava (Arrows), Atusaye Nyondo
(Bloemfontein Celtic) and Gabadinho
Mhango (BidVest Wits).