COVID-19 affecting the exporting of football players

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Former Malawi national football team and Big Bullets striker Jimmy Zakazaka has expressed fears that the exporting of players will be difficult this year with the coronavirus pandemic which has affected countries globally.

Zakazaka was part of the historical Bakili Bullets which qualified to the last 8 of the confederations of Africa (CAF) champions league in 2004 and played professional football in South Africa for Free state stars, Thanda Royal Zulu, Bay United and Cape Town football clubs hanged up his boots and has been player agent since September 2017, made the sentiment sighting how clubs all over the world have been affected financially by COVID-19.

“Clubs all over the world have been financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic where they have even stated that the buying and selling of players will not be as expected as clubs might be unwilling to buy new players as they try to heal from the pains sustained during the pandemic.This will not be exceptional to the player market in Africa including Malawi,” he said.

The former Be Forward Wanderers, Silver Strikers and Azam Tigers striker further said the pandemic will deny a number of talented young stars a chance to play professional football as COVID-19 came at a time when he was securing a number of deals for players in the country to try their luck.

“It is a wish of every player to play professional football one day and this pandemic has affected all the deals I was securing with Tanzanian clubs for Malawian players and this might even be difficult to go by even after the pandemic which is a big blow to football in the country. Exporting players to other countries help our players learn new things in the other league which they use once called to play for the national team,” he said.

Malawi export players to the Premier soccer league (PSL) in South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania.

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