Forgotten attacker Luka Milanzi has broken the silence, saying he was enjoying his career at Zambia Premier League champions, Zesco where he is on loan from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) side, TP Mazembe.
“I am still the very same lively Luka Milanzi. What has changed is that I am mature. Kumenya kunja ndi kulimba mtima maningi [professional football demands a strong will]. It is never easy being used to playing regularly in Malawi to fighting for your place in foreign land,” he said on Saturday in his first interview since his switching from Escom United in 2010.
He insisted that it was not true that he was not readily available. FAM has repeatedly claimed that Milanzi was incommunicado and that even his Malawi family was complaining that they cannot communicate to him.
“I visited Malawi last year. You can verify that with John CJ Banda. I just opted to stay out of the limelight. As for the controversies, I am not concerned. I received a warm welcome here. Injuries affected me, but I am now better,” he explained in a telephone interview from Ndola.
Milanzi claimed that Mazembe were pressing for his early return, but he wants to finish his loan spell with Zesco who top the Zambia league standings.
In South Africa, there was no sight of Robin Ngalande in BidVest Wits University playing squad as they lost 2-4 to Platinum Stars in the MTN8 first leg semifinal to put one foot into the final. Robert Ng’ambi was in the thick of things.
Milanzi signed for Mazembe in controversial circumstances in 2010 amid reports of transfer irregularities and age-cheating, thereby attracting the attention of Fifa. The player’s transfer did not appear on Fifa’s transfer matching system.
He captained Malawi to 2009 Africa Youth Championship finals in Algeria paving the way for participation at the World Youth Cup in Nigeria the same year.