Likwemba, who has been impressive for Malawi against Lesotho, Comores and Namibia in the on-going Cosafa Cup, confirmed to KickOff.com that FC AK’s new coach Ali Akan approached him during the course of last week at the Graceland Hotel where the Flames were booked, and offered him an immediate contract.
“They wanted me to join them immediately after the tournament, but I told them that it depends on my club. My coach, Young Chimodzi, is here and I asked Akan to meet him.”
Roodepoort-based FC AK were fined R500 000 (half of which was suspended) in their recently ended bribery and corruption case.
Apart from that, the South African Players’ Union submitted an application to the Arbitrator in the case stating that FC AK still owed R3-million in unpaid wages from the 2006\07 season.
The Union said that if FC AK were relegated the current garnishee order on their monthly League grant would force the club to be sold to meet these commitments and this would affect its current crop of players.
Reports last week were that two other highly-rated Malawian internationals, striker Chiukepo Msowoya and defender Elvis Kafoteka would be joining FC AK after the Cosafa Cup.
Kafoteka, who was also linked to Egyptian club Al Ahly, and a club in India, Tuna FC, says he is still having second thoughts and has not ruled out a trip to North Africa because the offer from there might even be better.
“I am going there (Egypt) to see the conditions then come back and think about it. If I am satisfied then I will go there, but what I can say is that FC AK are very serious,” he said.
The duo’s manager Abbie Rasimphi said that officials from their club in Malawi, Eskom, had already been in South Africa to conclude their transfer and that a figure of R500 000 (K10 million) for the two players had been set.
“This figure will make the two, the most expensive players ever to be sold by Malawi. A representative from Eskom who sponsored the club in Malawi also accompanied the officials to meet FC AK,” he added.