By Mabvyuto Kambuwe:
On-and-off Malawi national football team forward, Robin Ngalande, got a feel of Azerbaijan’s Premier League last weekend when he played in the entire second-half for his club FC Zira in a goalless draw against Neftchi.
Ngalande came on as a substitute and reportedly had a grand game.
His manager, Paul Mitchel of Siyavuma Sports Group, said he was happy that his client has finally started playing active football after going clubless for six months.
“He was featured on Saturday. He played for 45 minutes and did well in his first game against a team which is top of the league in Azerbaijan,” Mitchel said in a written response.
Recently, Flames Coach Ronny Van Geneugden (RVG) said the return of Ngalande to Europe was good news for Malawi.
“We are happy to hear that Robin has finally found a team in Europe after six months of hunting. He can now start training with the group and also work hard to regain his form,” RVG said.
The former Civo United forward joined South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns Academy in 2009 before he was spotted by Atletico Madrid’s academy setup in 2010.
He spent two years with the Spanish club before returning to South Africa to join Bidvest Wits on a two-year loan deal.
Ngalande has also played for South African teams such as Bidvest Wits, Baroka, Platinum and Ajax Cape Town.
Zira, also known as The Eagles, are based in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku and are on position eight in the country’s Premier League, with 14 points from 17 games.
Neftchi top the log table with 38 points from the same number of games, just one point above Qarabag FK.