SA clubs, 4 locals after Kaira

South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Bloemfontein Celtic and four domestic top teams are chasing the signature of midfielder Chimango Kaira, one of the players who were transfer-listed by Escom United recently.

Kaira claimed he was approached by Silver Strikers, Blue Eagles, Mighty Wanderers and Big Bullets.

“I need to weigh the options and consult widely. Hopefully, after [the Flames] trip to China, I should be able to know which team I will join,” said Kaira on Tuesday.

But Escom United chairperson Fanuel Nkhono said apart from the South African team, no local team has made a formal enquiry on the player.

Kaira said he is yet to be briefed by the club management on the South African team, “but, obviously, that would be my first option.”

Said Nomads vice-chairperson Gift Mkandawire about Kaira: “We are looking at signing a playmaker in midfield and it is not a secret that Chimango is a skilful player who could suit our plans.”

Eagles chairperson Elijah Kachikuwo also confirmed being interested in the player.

But Silver Strikers chairperson Dr. McDonald Mafuta-Mwale said he was not aware of his club’s interest in the player.

“We are having a meeting to discuss the plans for the new season tomorrow [today] and, hopefully, that is when I will have a clear picture,” said Mafuta-Mwale.

Bullets vice-general secretary Higger Mkandawire said they will wait for Escom to come up with the price before making a commitment.

Kaira featured for the Flames in the recent Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad in N’djamena which the Flames lost 3-2 and coach Kinnah Phiri said he was impressed by his performance.

Nkhono said the only club that has so far enquired about Chimango is Celtic.

“But I am not surprised that he is attracting so much interest because he is a good player. However, we would make more money if we sold him to a foreign club,” he said.

But a local soccer commentator, George Kaudza-Masina, said the player needs to be careful when considering his next move.

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