Zimbabwe Soccer Star flees Libya, Stuck In Egypt

Speaking from his Libyan base in a telephone interview, Malajila had told Radio VOP on Tuesday that he was afraid as he had tried without success to get a flight out of the country.“I am just staying indoors. I have been trying to get flights without success,” Malajila said. He said his teammates had also fled by road to Tunisia.

But on Wednesday, Gibson Mahachi, the club’s manager told Radio VOP that the player had managed to leave the country by road.

“He is now in Egypt after travelling by road and we making efforts to get him home,” Mahachi said.

Malajila has become the first Zimbabwean to play professional football in Libya after signing for First Division side Al Akhdar on a six-month loan. He started at Chapungu United before moving in 2006 to Highlanders and then to Dynamos Harare.

While playing for Highlanders, he scored a hat-trick in a match against Masvingo, with Highlanders winning the match 4-0. He won the Golden Boot in 2007.

Malajila had a trial at Belgian club Cercle Brugge, but it ended with the club declining to offer him a contract. He returned to Zimbabwe and to Dynamos afterward, and stated that his focus would be on winning the Golden Boot and in helping his club. He stated that his long-term dream was still on earning a transfer abroad.

The striker signed in a professional contract of 3 years with the Tunisian side Club Africa in August 2010.