Flames veteran striker Esau Kanyenda is, for now, staying put at South Africa Premiership side Polokwane City after resisting other teams’ overtures, including from Mozambique league.
The 32-year-old, who marked his Flames return with a goal and man-of-the-match display in 2-0 beating of Mali last month at Kamuzu Stadium, confirmed through e-mail.
“Three teams are interested here. Since I have a contract with Polokwane City till next June, I cannot mention the names. And even a team in Mozambique wants me for more money than here, but I will go because the package is good, so I will wait for June to decide as I am getting older. This January, our chairperson has told me that I am not going anywhere,” Kanyenda explained.
South Africa giants Moroka Swallows are among the teams interested in Kanyenda, according to sources. But Swallows publicist Sipho Xulu yesterday said he needed to verify with their coach Fani Madida.
Fifa player transfer regulations allow a player to talk to other teams within the last six months of a contract as is the case with Kanyenda.
Alternatively, a team can buy a player out of a contract.
However, Mozambique teams’ scout James Nelito Pondamale confirmed that Liga Muculmana president Rafiq Sidat was swayed by Kanyenda after watching him star against Mali.
Local football coach Milius Pofera on Tuesday, when asked, said Kanyenda can play for some more years for the Flames and bridge the transition with the new generation.