Flames players have reason to double their efforts during the 2015 Cosafa Cup here in South Africa as Free State Stars coach Kinnah Phiri will scout for a striker and an attacker at the tournament.
The competition started yesterday with seeded Malawi joining from the quarter-finals against Mozambique on May 24.
“I have sent my two assistants to the tournament, so if there is a top striker and an attacking midfielder, they should recommend them to me. I will be back home for a few weeks and I will likely watch the tournament on television,” Kinnah said in an interview here.
Additionally, Kinnah will take time off his holiday to scout for more players in the Super League ahead of Stars’ pre-season training in June. This season, the Stars focus is on signing players from the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) region.
Kinnah, who saved Stars from relegation after ascending to the helm following the exit of Belgian Tom Saintfiet, said the club has since signed a Tanzanian winger Mrisho Ngasa.
“We have invited other players from Ghana and Burkina Faso. I wanted Gastin Simkonda to make it three. His name came up during a meeting, but I understand he is not in Malawi, so we are still looking for a striker and an attacking midfielder,” he explained.
Stars have off-loaded three players from Burkina Faso, Ghana and Belgium, hence the remaining two slots for foreigners.
Stars finished in a respectable ninth place after a run of five wins and a draw in their last six games lifted the club away from the relegation mire.
Peter Kanjere is reporting from Rustenburg in South Africa.