By: Chikondi Magalasi
The 29 year old Japanese international was warmly welcomed by Mighty Wanderers players and supporters on his first day trial at the Lali Lubani boys on Tuesday morning at Kamuzu Stadium.
On the field of play, Nakamura netted twice before creating two assists to his team-mates, leaving all Nomads fans in a very happy mood as he showed his skill throughout the entire training session.
Speaking to the media before starting his trials, Nakamura said he was happy to try his luck at the Nomads saying the overwhelming support rendered to him by both the players and supporters is a sign that he has arrived at a very good club.
“I am very happy to try my luck at this club. The team-mates and supporters have welcomed me very well and I am very happy to know the guys. I will work very hard in order to bring something new here. It’s a challenge but it’s achievable,” he said.
Last week, upon arriving at Kamuzu International Airport, the Japanese forward told reporters that he came to Malawi to search for a club and was willing to play for any team once he is satisfied with the contract being offered to him.
But Nomads general secretary Mike Butao was quick to clarify that the team’s sponsors, Be Forward, will be responsible for the player’s welfare.
“Our sponsors Be Forward arranged everything and if he impresses during the trial period, we will notify our sponsors who will be responsible in paying for his salaries.
“He will negotiate with Be Forward and not us. Let me also take this opportunity to refute reports that Nakamura will demand K4 million per month salary. These are manmade rumours and there is nothing like that,” he explained.
If he signs for the Lali Lubani boys, Genk Nakamura will become the second foreign based player to have played for Wanderers within a year. Cameroonian Lionel Atsu was the first to play for the Nomads but terminated his contract following Wanderers’ failure to pay for his allowances.