Hellings looks to seal spot at Black Aces
Posted: 23 July 2008 Time: 07:04
Moroka Swallows’ transfer-listed midfielder Hellings Mwakasungula is set to finalise the completion of a one season loan to First Division Inland Stream side Mpumalanga Black Aces.
The Malawian midfielder is still under contract to Swallows, but has been released to open up foreign quota space for the new Brazilians that the Birds have signed.
Mwakasungula is part of the Aces’ squad that has gone into a 10 day pre-season camp in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.
Aces’ new coach Innocent Mayoyo is the brains behind the recruiting of the Malawian anchorman, who worked with him while he was still assistant coach at Swallows last season.
“I have been at Aces for the past three days and it is looking encouraging. I am trying to fit in with my new teammates and have been helped by the presence of Songwe Chalwe, whom I played with at Swallows. Since I didn’t play much in my first season here in South Africa, I hope things change this season.
“I am now familiar with the football in the country and all that I need now is to fight for my chance to play in the first team,” says Mwakasungula.
The 28-year-old has turned down a call-up from the Flames, who are currently doing battle in the Cosafa Senior Challenge Cup.
“I couldn’t be with the national team because I want to get my personal future sorted out. Going to the national team would have disturbed a couple of things as I have just arrived here,” says Mwakasungula.
Mwakasungula arrived at the beginning of last season from Silver Stars in Malawi, but struggled for game time at the Birds under then coach Ian Gorowa. He made just five starts and five substitute appearances, mostly in the first half of the campaign, before falling down the pecking order.