BY STEVEN WYSON
Forgotten Malawi national football team striker Atusaye Nyondo has signed a one-year deal with Ethiopia Premier Soccer League side, St George.
Nyondo has been clubless after parting ways with South Africa National First Division side, Tshakhumana Tsha Madzivhandila, last year.
According to football players’ scout, Prince Jere, the former Bloemfontein Celtic attacker signed the deal on Tuesday.
Jere, who claimed to have facilitated the move, said Nyondo was offered a three-year deal at St George but they negotiated for a year-long contract.
“Atusaye is now a St George player. He tried his luck in Kuwait last month but was offered a raw deal. We opted for a one-year deal because there is a club in Sweden which also wants him, so we thought it wise that he should not be in Ethiopia for too long,” Jere said.
The move would make Nyondo the first Malawian footballer to ply his trade in the East African nation famed for its long distance runners.
At the peak of his prowess, Nyondo helped Malawi to qualify for the finals of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.
In the same year, he was signed by SuperSport United but despite helping them to win the Premier Soccer League title, the Pretoria-based side loaned him out to University of Pretoria.
Nyondo left Silver Strikers for South Africa full of potential for greatness but persistent injuries blighted his promising career.
According to wikipedia. org, St George are financially supported by prominent Saudi businessman Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi and Ethiopian businessman Abenet Gebremeskel, who also chairs it.
It has one of the largest fan-bases of Ethiopian football and is known for fervent displays during home matches.
St George are no strangers to continental football as they have made nine appearances in the Caf Champions League and one in the Caf Confederation Cup.
They also played in the defunct Caf Cup Winners’ Cup on three occasions besides winning the Ethiopian league championship 29 times.