Georgia top-flight league team FC Dila Gori has set its target on two outstanding players of the 2019 TNM Super League season Be forward Wanderers’ fast-improving Francisco Mandinga and Nyasa Big Bullets’ wonder boy Peter Banda.
The club’s agent Avi Zioni confirmed the development in an interview, saying they were preparing offers to the midfielders’ clubs for a possible move to Eastern Europe in January.
“I saw Francisco [Madinga] at the recent Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championship when Malawi was playing Zambia. I really like the player.
“As for Peter, someone recommended him as another good player from the Malawi league,” he said.
The agent said the two would be offered outright contracts once they reach an agreement with the clubs.
“I think their moving to Europe will be a very good thing for Malawi football,” said Zioni.
Wanderers chairperson Gift Mkandawire confirmed the news, saying the club is ready for negotiations.
“Our policy is that we do not block a player from a possible lucrative deal,” he said.
However, Big Bullets chief administrator Albert Chigoga said they have not yet been contacted by the club.
Asked if the club is ready to part ways with the talented midfielder, Chigoga said a decision would be made on whether to let the player move to Europe once the offer is on the table.
“No decision on any player has been made. We will inform you once something of that sort pops up,” he said.
This is not the first time for both Madinga and Banda to attract foreign clubs’ interest.
Madinga is reportedly also under Kaizer Chiefs radar for a possible move to the South Africa Premier Soccer League side in January.
On the other hand, Banda last year had unsuccessful trials at Club Brugge in Belgium, Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates in South Africa
FC Dila Gori are based in Gori, Georgia and plays in the country’s national league, Erovnuli Liga.
The outfit, which was founded in 1949, plays its matches at Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium. It won the Georgian Cup in 2012 and Georgian Championship for the first time in 2015.
The club also participated in the Uefa Champions League in 2016, reaching the second qualifying round where it was knocked out by Serbian outfit Partisan Belgrade.