Former Malawi Under-17 national team striker Luka Milanzi has returned home for good and is training with Mighty Wanderers hoping to put his career back on the rails.
Milanzi’s career stalled upon joining TP Mazembe in 2010 from Escom United after being consigned to the Democratic Republic of Congo side’s reserves as he was then considered a minor. He signed a professional contract last year and was loaned out to Zambia’s Zesco United last year.
“At the end of my loan, I returned to Mazembe but I just couldn’t have an opportunity of meeting the club president to clarify my future with them. I am training with Wanderers while waiting for my clearance. I could not keep idle as that compromises my career,” he said before Wanderers’ morning training session on Tuesday.
Looking lighter in complexion and spotting spiky hair, the 2010 TNM Super League joint top scorer insisted that he was still the same notorious scorer who spearheaded the Under-17 to 2009 Africa Youth Champions then the World Youth Cup in Algeria and Nigeria respectively.
“Just give me a few games and I will prove this. I am a better player now. It takes bravery and hard work to survive in foreign land. Here you have it easy, but out there, you rub shoulders with bigger stars such as Tressor Mputu and you learn to fight,” Milanzi explained at the BAT Ground.
The player’s Zambian manager Andre Mtine recently said he was hunting for a club where the attacker can play regularly. A quick-heeled player, Milanzi can also play behind strikers using his pace and trickery to great effect.
Milanzi captained the Under-17 class that comprised Robin Ngalande, Limbikani Mzava, Victor Nangwale, Patience Kalumo, Kevin Hanganda, Mike Kaziputa, Francis Mulimbika, Bongani Kaipa, Gastin and Andy Simkonda, and Onani Sengwa.