Nyakamera scores on debut in South Africa

Was on target: Nyakamera (L)
Was on target: Nyakamera (L)

Women football star Loveness Nyakamera has impressed at her trials with South African club Kanatala Ladies on Tuesday when she got her name on the score sheet.

According to Kanatala Ladies’ team manager Jabulani Mokoena, Nyakamera’s strike from outside the box in the 34th minute motivated his girls to grow in confidence and eventually beat Super Sweepers 3-2 in Polokwane.

Nyakamera, who plays for King’s Ladies FC, is on three-week trials with Kanatala Ladies alongside Ntopwa Queens’ winger Chrissie Kasiya. Kasiya’s twin sister Mwayi is also trying her luck with another South African side Mary’s FC in Mpumalanga.

“On their first game, both players have proved to be strong and hard-working. Nyakamera was quite impressive in this match. I think, what remains now is for them to get used to our system of play,” Mokoena said.

Facilitator of the trials Prince Jere told The Nation on Wednesday that he has received good remarks from the South African women football officials concerning the three Malawian players and he was hopeful that they will clinch deals.

“The reaction I got from officials indicates that we have given them good players. Unless, they make serious blunders in their forthcoming matches, the players will not come back home,” Jere said.

“I hope their exploits will help to open doors for more local female players. It is my dream to see our women footballers playing outside the country and I know for sure by end of December, we will have at least 10 professionals.”

National team captain Chisomo Kazisonga became Malawi’s first professional women football star few months ago when she signed for Zimbabwe Super League side Conduit Soccer Academy. Upon her arrival at the club, she was appointed captain.

Jere is also in the process of facilitating trials for Dreams United FC’s striker Eliza Chiphang’ombe who is expected to leave for Zimbabwean Super League side Auckland Queens.

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