The attacking midfielder arrives from Zimbabwean side CAPS United, where he has played for the last 12 months after joining from Mighty Wanderers for a reported fee of US$20 000 (R200 000).
That is a large transfer investment for a Zimbabwean club, but CAPS believe the 20-year-old has what it takes to succeed either in the Premier Soccer League or Europe and expect to cash in on their asset.
Phiri had trials with Polish lower league side LSZ Potrowka shortly after joining CAPS in August last year, but these came to nothing.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) commercial manager Casper Jangale recently listed the strengths and weaknesses of Phiri in an interview with Zimbabwe’s DailyNews.
“His strength is his height (roughly over 1.8 m) and flexibility on either foot,” Jangale said. “He is deadly. His other strength is his set-piece skills; he can fire rockets of free-kicks from any range. He can cross expertly. His awareness and technical ability are good.
“He can play anywhere in the middle of the park but spends most times on either flank. In rare cases, Wanderers featured him as a support striker.
“His weakness is his small frame which leads to his lack of strength on the ball when being marked by bigger opponents. He can improve on ball winning.”