September 28, 2021

Flames Youngster pissed off with Suspension of Zimbabwe League

The Malawi Under23 star Chikondi Mbeta Jnr. said he is annoyed with the prolonged Covid-19 break for the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League to kickstart.

Mbeta signed a three-year contract with Zimbabwe top flight side Bulawayo Chiefs last month as a free agent from Chitipa United.

The forward said he received a warm welcome at the club and after successful trials he started pre-season on a high note, scoring three goals in two matches.

The former Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve forward said he had hopes to replicate pre-season form in the League but his desires were delt a blow when government announced the suspension of all Sporting activities.

“I signed a three-year deal and impressed during pre-season but we received bad news when government announced the suspension of all sporting activities…”

“…You know it’s always annoying when you stay for a long time without playing active football, sometimes you lose the touch and also we are counting down the days on my contract but I will continue doing practices alone to make sure am still in a good shape,” he said.

Mbeta further said once the League resumes he will try as much as possible to put much efforts in order to attract big teams in Africa and abroad.

The talented star is expected to return home on 17 August and is to return to Zimbabwe when the government lifts the ban on sports.

Mbeta was a regular for Malawi Under17 and 20 teams before graduating to Under23.

At the junior level he played alongside the likes of Peter Banda, Mike Mkwate, Francisco Madinga just to mention but a few.

The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) of Zimbabwe announced the suspension of all Sporting activities on 3rd July this year when the League was about to start.

The only exemptions to the suspensions were preparations for Olympics, Cricket, Charles Manyuchi title bout and Cosafa Cup but the restrictions affected the kickoffs of ZIFA-PSL tournament and Chibuku Super Cup.

According SRC, sports will resume once covid cases drops.

By Erik Chiputula

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