Baroka FC face difficulties in pursuit of Zambian forward Justin Shonga
Posted: 21 July 2017 Time: 20:14
Baroka have confirmed that they are still pursuing Zambian forward Justin Shonga as they continue shaping up for the start of the new season.
Shonga was amongst the top performing players at the recent COSAFA Castle Cup played in the North West province.
The 20-year-old turns out for Zambian Super League club Nkwazi FC – a team that is owned by the Zambian Police Service.
“The challenge that we are faced with is that he is a police officer so there is a lot more that needs to be done for him to move out of the country [Zambia],” explains Morgan Mammila, the Baroka CEO.
“So we are still pursuing that matter and if we cannot get him by Monday then we will move on."
Shonga – who will need government clearance to be allowed to go out of the country on leave – has been offered a three-year contract by Baroka.
He previously played for Chipata Blue Eagles.
Yet another challenge facing Baroka is that they have already made four foreign signings in Brian Mwila and Lewis Macha (both Zambia), Abdi Banda (Tanzania) and Talent Chawapiwa (Zimbabwe) which brings to six the number of foreign players in their books.
They have brought back Zimbabwean midfielder Marshall Munesti on loan again from Orlando Pirates and still have Mpho Kgaswane (Botswana).
Mwila is however still yet to sign his contract with Baroka.
Baroka have indicated that they will be loaning out one of those six foreign players as they are only allowed to register five.