Griffin Young Stars and Under-23 national football team forward Peter Banda is now trying his luck at South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Orlando Pirates.
For the past two weeks, Banda was undergoing trials at another PSL side Bidvest Wits, but according to his manager Griffin Saenda Jnr who is also his uncle, Wits said they could only consider offering him a deal next year.
“They said he [Banda] is good, but they can only consider him next year,” he said.
However, Saenda said he is optimistic that Pirates will offer his nephew a deal.
“I am impressed with how he has started and if he keeps up the momentum, I am certain he will clinch a deal. It is looking good and I am just keeping my fingers crossed,” he said.
Saenda said he was supposed to meet Pirates officials later yesterday to discuss the way forward as Banda is supposed to join the Under-23 national team ahead of the trip to Botswana for Saturday’s Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations.
This is the second time that the player is having trials at Pirates. He first had trials earlier this year which were arranged by players’ scoutFelix Ngamanya Sapao.
He also had trials in Belgium with reigning national champions Club Brugge alongside Be Forward Wanderers left back precious Sambani, but they were not offered deals.