Big Bullets, who are playing rookies Envirom FC in the TNM super league this Saturday at the giant Kamuzu stadium, will likely miss the services of their ‘engine room’ Chimango ‘Blackberry’ Kayira, who has dumped the people’s team to join the defending champions Silver Strikers.
Chimango is reported to have trained with the Bankers in the capital city on Thursday alongside Civo United’s defender John Lanjesi ahead of Silver’s match against new entrants Mzuzu United on Saturday at Mzuzu stadium.
But Bullets have fired a warning shot at Silver Strikers following reports that the Bankers have also clandestinely roped in their defender George Nyirenda.
Bullets General Secretary Heager Mkandawire said they will not release the player because of Silver Striker’s failure to follow the required procedures regarding players’ transfers.
Mkandawire has told the bankers “hands off their players” or else the club risks tough measures.
“Send this message to Silver Strikers to stay away from our players. If they are trying to invade our camp then they will force us to act. If they are tired let them not misuse Reserve Bank money otherwise people will laugh at them one day,” said Mkandawire in an interview with Nyasa Times.
One of the Banker’s officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they never wheedled or enticed the player to join the banker’s camp, but rather the player left the Blantyre based outfit on his own because is interested in the defending champions.
He confessed that the bakers were yet to officially approach Bullets FC on the possible transfer of ‘Blackberry’. is reliably informed that Chimango left Blantyre for Lilongwe Wednesday without his club’s consent or approval.
Bullets General Secretary faulted Silver for contravening procedures by embracing the player into their camp at the expense of “fair play rules”.
“This is not the first time for Silver to snatch players from Bullets FC. I vividly remember that they also did the same with Panganeni Ndovie, Jelesi Lufeyo and Peter Pindani.
“Let them put their sponsor’s money in good use; otherwise Bullets will not just sit and watch and condone such unbecoming conduct,” said Mkandawire.
Some big Bullets fans have already expressed their displeasure with the player’s decision while others urging him to stay put at the peoples teams for the betterment of his career.
Steve Madeira wrote on Chimango’s Facebook Timeline: “They say the Grass looks greener on the other side, sometimes it’s really greener and to realize this a man has to take a risk, am wishing you well in your new adventure- a man has to take risks at times and make some selfish decisions that will sorely benefit himself and himself, remember to thank your BB fans for the support they offered you while you were Red. Am wishing you well as a man, and a friend.”
Meanwhile, Silver Strikers General Secretary Mike Tembo was quoted on Zodiak radio refuting the claims.
“This is also news to us, and we also heard that we want to rope in Owen Chaima [Bullets goalkeeper]. We have not discussed anything on the issue,” he said.
And relegated Escom United threatened Big Bullets from featuring Chimango, Heston Munthali and James Chilapondwa over unpaid transfer fees.
Escom chairperson Fanuel Nkhono claimed Bullets have failed to settle K3.5 million, K1 million and K1.5 million for Chimango, Munthali and Chilapondwa respectively.—(Additional reporting by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times)Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :