Forgotten Elasto Lungu settles at SA’s Dynamos


By Colleen Tafireyi

FORGOTTEN former Warriors’ attacking midfielder Elasto Lungu has finally settled at South African premiership side, Dynamos.



ana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Lungu, who has been in and out of the South African top-flight league, has been training with the Pietersburg-based outfit for a month. He was offered a contract two weeks ago.


Dynamos boss Pat Malabela described Lungu as a talented and experienced player who can contribute a lot to his side’s challenge for top honours this season.


“Lungu signed a two-year contract after impressing our technical team. He is a player with rare talent,” said Malabela.


“We are gunning for the championship, and players such as Lungu would help the cause.”


A former Young Warrior and one-time member of the senior national team, Lungu moved to South Africa in 1996 after spending two seasons in Poland. He joined Amazulu in the South African premiership where he was captain for two seasons before moving to the now defunct Ria Stars.


At 28, Lungu hopes his move to Dynamos will revive his career.

“It’s good to play in the PSL again,” said Lungu, adding that he banked his hopes on his ability to work hard.


“I am a hard worker and the sky is the limit. I feel I still have a lot to offer and yearn to play for the Warriors again.”


At Dynamos, Lungu joins former Highlanders striker Adam Ndlovu who has become the top marksman.


Meanwhile, Malawian-born former Warriors mentor, Roy Barreto is under fire from Orlando Pirates followers following an unconvincing start to the current season by the champions.


Pirates are in fifth position on the log standings with 11 points from six matches and are in the shadows of arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs who lead the log with 14 points.


Some Pirates fans have petitioned owner Irvin Khoza demanding the immediate dismissal of “Mr Cigarette” as Barreto is affectionately known.

However, the Buccaneers boss has put his weight fully behind Barreto.


“I want to emphasise that we will give Barreto all the support he needs to defend the championship,” said Khoza.


“Some people might be quickly forgetting that the same coach won us the championship last season.”


Khoza also quashed rumours linking current Mozambique national team coach Victor Bondarenko to Barreto’s job at the Buccaneers, saying: “the man in charge is capable”.


In an interview, Barreto sounded confident that he would lead the Bucaneers to a successful defence of the title.


“This is part of the game. Results would eventually come,” said Barreto. “It happened again last season but things improved along the way. I understand the fans’ feelings and expectations. But I am a professional coach, and have to stick to my plans as well as decisions.”

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