Liverpool have emerged as the favourites to sign unheralded Malawian attacker Henri Kumwenda from Championship side Leeds United this transfer window.
Several United Kingdom publications have reported that Leeds face a tough task to keep Kumwenda who plays for the under-18 side and is not on a professional contract.
UK website Football League World reports that Leeds have since stepped up efforts to tie down the 18-year-old as Manchester City and Arsenal have joined the race to sign him.
“Kumwenda has delivered a string of impressive performances for Leeds’ Under-18 side this campaign, with this seeing him earn a call-up to the Under 23s, and it appears the 18-year-old’s form has attracted the attention of the Premier League giants,” www.footballleagueworld.co.uk reports.
“The teenager has re-discovered his form after overcoming a series of injury problems during the last year, and it has now emerged that Leeds are preparing to offer professional terms to the attacker in order to fend off interest from the top-flight.”
Football Association of Malawi has since announced that it will put in place a deliberate effort to search and approach football players of Malawian descent in diaspora and engage them to consider play for the various Malawian National Football Teams.
The starting point will be reaching out to Henri Kumwenda, who is on the books of Leeds United Academy in England.
Kumwenda was born in Lilongwe and relocated to the UK as a four-year-old and has never played for any Malawian team.
By Peter Kanjere
FARpost’s Malawi Correspondent