'Not for sale' sign put on Chiefs target

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It will take some convincing for Kaizer Chiefs to get their reported Malawian transfer target as his current club says he is not for sale.

Despite featuring only four times for GladAfrica Championship side TS Sporting this season, the player's agent told local media recently that Amakhosi are interested in Malawi international Chawanangwa Kawonga.

See more pics of Kawonga in action in the gallery above!

The 25-year-old attacker is currently on a two-year deal with Sporting, whom he joined from Mozambican giants Costa do Sol in a deal that was facilitated by Malawi legend Ernest Mtawali.

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Chiefs' two-window transfer ban stands in the way of any immediate transfer but indications are the striker is willing to bide his time before moving and adapt more to the South African game, having only arrived in the country in January.

"I found Kawonga in Mozambique, he is a national team player of Malawi," Sporting owner Slungu Thobela tells KickOff.com.

"He is a good player, he is a top player. In fact, I was fighting with Costa do Sol over his registration. I ended up getting him registered through FIFA.

"I think he can play for any team in South Africa, even abroad he can play. In fact, according to me, he's too big for this league [NFD]. He's got three years here."

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Asked if he was prepared to part ways with his star, Thobela was reluctant.

"No no no, I'm not. He must help the team to get promoted. No, I'm not prepared. You know that boy earns monies that are paid in the premier league. So I spent money to get him through FIFA, it was a legal battle.

"I'm paying him a decent salary so you have to be convincing if you want to take him away from us, because I struggled to get hold of him. I want him to help the team to get to the next division.

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"Naturally he is a striker, but in the national team in Malawi he is playing as a winger. In Mozambique he was playing as a second-striker.

"To me it's not about money, it's about what I want to achieve and you can have all the monies in the world, but if you don't have good material to achieve what you want to achieve, you cannot achieve.

"So to me it's about the principle, it's not about money. It's about me achieving what I want to achieve, and what I want to achieve is to get into the premier league.

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"Players like Chawanangwa Kawonga are the players that can make this possibility become a reality. He is quick, he is good on dead-balls, he can cut in and take shots, he can shoot from a distance.

"He is a unique player. It's very difficult for me to compare him. Remember, he only played four games for us, and he's got three assists.

"In our game against Celtic [in the Nedbank Cup] he is the one one who took the free-kick that was scored by the Mozambican [Francisco Muchanga]. You can watch the clips there."

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