Battle-hardened forward Esau â€˜Black Mambaâ€™ Kanyenda has become the second key Flames forward to fail to impress at a South African club within two weeks due to lack of fitness.
After attending trials at ambitious Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Amazulu, Kanyenda could not be offered a deal because coach Roger Palmgren was not impressed with his fitness levels after training with the Kwazulu Natal-based outfit for two weeks..
Apparently the development comes barely a few days after another Flames striker Chiukepo Msowoya also failed to make the grade at the newly-promoted PSL side University of Pretoria.
In an interview Kanyenda said he was not bitter as he has an outright offer from Danish East Second Division side B 1893 where he was during his short stint.
“The reason why I accepted Amazuluâ€™s call for assessment was because I wanted to be closer home.
“Unfortunately, things didnâ€™t work out, but I am not bitter as our former national coach Kim Splidsboel assured me that the Danish club [that he coaches] will still offer me a fresh outright contract,” said Kanyenda.
“The former Jomo Cosmos player failed to convince the Amazulu technical team for a contract at the club. Word is that the playerâ€™s fitness levels are below standard, much to the dissatisfaction of Amazulu coach Roger Palmgren.
“Usuthu gave the player his final chance to impress in a friendly game played against Thanda Royal Zulu last weekend,” wrote South African online magazine soccerladuma.com.
Kanyenda was recently offered a short-term contract at B 1893 after ending his 10-year romance with Russian football where his last club was Dynamo Brynsky.