Malawi national football team midfielder Chikoti Chirwa has been offered two-week trials at South Africa Premier Soccer League struggling outfit Chippa United.
According to a letter dated January 7 2019, which the club has sent to the player, the trials are expected to start next week.
“We officially grant Mr. Chikoti Chirwa authority to come to our club for the purposes of football trials that will tentatively take two weeks,” reads the letter signed by Chippa’s team manager Dennis Mitsepe.
Chikoti, 26, said he was excited to undergo the trials, expressing hope that he will make it.
“Such opportunities do not come easily so I will give it my best. It has always been my dream to play abroad,” he said.
Red Lions spokesperson Francis Chalulu said Chippa, through agent Prince Jere, informally asked for permission to have the player for trials.
However, he said they asked Chippa to write a letter which would be submitted to the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) headquarters for his clearance.
“Chikoti is a serving soldier. His trip can only be cleared by our top management. We are waiting for that letter at the moment,” Chalulu said.
But Jere insisted that they have submitted the letter, which officially asks for permission to have the player for trials.
“We submitted the letter last week and we are just waiting for his release. I am currently here in South Africa on other duties and I will be waiting for him to arrive so I can process his stay logistics,” he said.
Red Lions general secretary Dave Gondwe, in a separate interview said they received the letter but asked Chippa to improve the terms of the trials.
“We are not happy with some of the conditions. One of them is that the player should use his own transportation which will be refunded upon his arrival.
“What we have done is to ask them to revise the conditions and re-send the letter. Otherwise, we are willing to release the player. It’s good for his career,” he said. n