ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka
ZAMBIA forward Justin Shonga has attracted attention of South Africa’s Absa premiership side Baroka after an impressive showing at the Council of Southern
Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Castle Cup in Rustenburg.
And Baroka are close to capturing Green Buffaloes goal-poacher Brian Mwila.
Baroka have offered Shonga, who features for Super Division side Nkwazi, a three-year deal.
Shonga, 23, netted three goals at the regional championship in South Africa.
The Absa Premiership outfit have Zambian striker Lewis Macha on their roster.
Nkwazi secretary Davies Chimbwelenge said in an interview in Lusaka on Thursday that Baroka have expressed interest to lure Shonga to South Africa.
Chimbwelenge described Baroka’s offer as attractive.
“We have received formal communication from Baroka FC. They have written to us [Nkwazi] and have offered him [Shonga] a three-year contract.
“The deal is almost complete. We have done the groundwork. What is remaining is clearance from the police command, as you may know, he is a police officer,” he said.
Chimbwelenge said Shonga is a quality player who can make it in South Africa.
“We are ready to do business with Baroka. In fact we have another offer from one of the big teams in South Africa but the problem is that we are dealing with an agent. The club itself has not come out in the open. It is better he joins Baroka where he is assured of game time,” he said.
Shonga joined Nkwazi from Chipata Blue Eagles in 2014.
Meanwhile, Baroka have opened negotiations with Buffaloes over the transfer of Mwila.
According to kickoff.com, Baroka have advanced in their pursuit of Mwila, who netted twice at the COSAFA Castle Cup.
Mwila also contributed a goal in Chipolopolo’s 2-1 win over South Africa in an international friendly in Rustenburg on June 13.