For all his promise and talents, Flames blossoming defender Limbikani â€˜Pupaâ€™ Mzava has failed to sway French second-tier league AS Monaco into offering him a deal following his week-long trial.
However, the solace for the 18-year-old is that the French club has not shut the door on him completely and has offered him tips on how he can improve his game.
According to KickOff.Com, Mzava, who belongs to South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit Bloemfontein Celtic, was scheduled to return to the rainbow nation on Friday.
It was another setback for the promising defender in his quest to clinch a deal overseas as the recent development comes three months after he could not be taken on board by Israeli top club Hapoel Tel-Aviv following disagreements regarding the terms with his club Celtic. Mzavaâ€™s representatives Complete Footballers confirmed that Mzava had failed to impress at Monaco.
He is now set to join the Flames for their trip to China for an international friendly match.
“The boy is coming back tomorrow [Friday] morning to join his national team for a tour of China,” says Claudio Bollo.
“The report from the club is very positive; they like him a lot and felt he is a very good defender with a lot of potential, but they feel that he is not tall enough for the size of a central defender they are looking for.”
Mzava, though, was offered advice to consider switching from being a defender to central midfield.
“They further recommend in the report that he could have a big future as a central defensive midfielder as he wins the ball cleanly and has a very good passing technique,” he says.
Monaco further stated in the report that they would like to have another look at him once he gets a regular run at Celtic, where he has not played this season because he is not registered.
“They would like to see how he progresses once he starts playing at his club and they praised his professionalism, dedication at training and leadership qualities,” Bollo concludes.