Blue Eagles and Flames talisman John ‘CJ’ Banda is expected to fly out to Johannesburg, South Africa today for trials with Premier Soccer League side Jomo Cosmos.
Banda and Cosmos’ local-based agent Ben Chiwaya confirmed the development on Monday, saying the player will be on trials for a week starting today.
“I have already finalised all his travel arrangements and he is flying out tomorrow [today]. His trials are expected to start soon after his arrival in Jo’burg.
“He has been invited by the club owner and coach Jomo Sono who has been following his exploits, especially with the national team for the past couple of years,” said Chiwaya.
He said should the player impress during the assessment period, he will be offered a deal.
“We now have one slot for a foreigner because one of those that was registered as a foreigner, has now been granted a permanent resident permit,” said Chiwaya.
Banda said he had been looking forward to such an opportunity.
“I thank God for providing me this chance to try my luck and it is now up to me to impress.
“I will give it my best shot so as to be offered a contract. I have waited for so long for such an opportunity and I need to grab it with both hands,” said Banda.
Eagles vice-general secretary Benjamin Msowoya also confirmed having released the player for the trials.
“He is going there with our blessings and we wish him the best of luck,” he said.
Should he make the grade, Banda will join his former Eagles teammate Micium Mhone who signed a two-year deal with Cosmos in July last year alongside Muhammad Sulumba. However, Sulumba’s deal was cancelled in controversial circumstances. n