Downs hit hurdle with Zambian trialist

Lameck has since left the country to join the Zambian national team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cameroon on November 11. Other  South Africa-based players in the Chipolopolo squad for the game against the Indomitable Lions include Lewis Macha and Justin Shonga from Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates respectively.

Zambia have no chance of qualifying for the World Cup, so coach Wedson Nyirenda could give Banda an opportunity to shine against the African champions.

According to a source close to Sundowns and Banda, the player has to wait until he is 18 to sign a professional contract with the Brazilians.

"Sundowns love the boy and the boy loves Sundowns," says the source.

"The only challenge now is the FIFA rule that doesn't allow a minor to sign a professional contract in a foreign country. He is only turning 17 years old next year January."

Rule 36 in the NSL Handbook states: 'Unless SAFA, on application of the parent or legal guardian of the minor concerned, declares otherwise, the international transfer of a player under the age of eighteen (18) will only be permitted when the family of the player moves to South Africa for reasons that are not linked to football and no player under the age of eighteen (18) who is not a South African national will be registered as a professional player for the first time in South Africa unless he and his parent or legal guardian are lawfully resident in South Africa.'

Sundowns’ spokesperson Thulani Thuswa says: "He is still on trial. Only the coach knows if he will sign him or not."

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