Former Silver Strikers frontman Chawanangwa Kaonga has built an early solid impression in the psyche of Mozambique football after scoring two goals in three warm-up games for FC Chibuto.
Kaonga netted the winner in Chibuto’s 2-1 defeat of Costa do Sol featuring compatriot Chimango Kayira last week. That was days after he also scored in a win by a similar margin against Mozambique lower league side Estrela Vermelha de Maputo.
However, the Under-20 player Kaonga, who is bound for Portugal this June, did not score when Chibuto edged out Green Mambas of Swaziland 2-1 on Sunday, according to facilitator of his transfer, James Pondomale.
Chibuto president Junaide Lalgy said their Portuguese coach Vitor Urbano was refining the Malawian sensation ahead of the potential move to Portugal lower division side. Chibuto finished seventh last season on the 14-member Mocambola League.
“He has been scoring and we are recording all his games with an intention to send him to a team we have got a relationship with in Portugal. I am confident he will grow into a player Malawi will be proud of in future,” Lalgy explained in a telephone interview.
“He has the talent, but the coach is drilling him on some things he must learn such as how to position himself when the team is attacking and defending and also combination with midfielders. In Europe, you cannot just attack. You have to know how to play without the ball,” Lalgy said.
Kaonga is highly rated although he has never been among the TNM Super League scorers. Last season, he only scored six league goals. He, however, scored three goals in six games for the junior Flames last year.
“There is no much difference in standards of play, but here the set-up is more professional. More seriousness is attached to every aspect of the game on and off the pitch,” said Kaonga whose strength is dribbling and incisive runs.