Nomads, Bankers in war of words over player transfers ahead of Malawi 2013/14 season kick-off

Blantyre based giants Mighty Wanderers and Lilongwe heavyweights Silver Strikers have engaged in a war of words over the transfer of two key Wanderers players Francis Mlimbika and Wongani Kaipa from Lali Lubani to the central bank side.

The two defenders have been heavily linked with a move to Lilongwe but Wanderers officials insist the boys are not going anywhere.

Silver, on the other hand, claim they have already got clearance from Mlimbika’s former club Msundwe United and that they are in the process of opening  negotiations with Wanderers over Kaipa.

“The players are already with us and we are about to open negotiations with Wanderers over Kaipa’s transfer. As for Mlimbika, we have already concluded a transfer deal with Msundwe, having established that the player belongs to Msundwe and not Wanderers,” said Silver Strikers chairman MacDonald Mafuta Mwale in an interview with Nyasa Times.

David Kanyenda...we want four players from Silver....Photo Jeromy Kadewere
David Kanyenda…we want four players from Silver….Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Mafuta Mwale; Silver to sign Mlimbika
Mafuta Mwale; Silver to sign Mlimbika

But Wanderers general secretary David Kanyenda insisted the two players are staying at Wanderers.

“These players just went to Lilongwe for off-season holiday and you will see them training with Wanderers on Monday (April 15, 2013).”

Kanyenda then let go a bombshell, claiming that the Nomads will be getting three key players from Silver, namely defender Lucky Malata, midfielder Frank Banda and striker Rodrick Gonani.

He claimed the players have approached his team and that they will soon don the Blue and White jersey.

Mwale, however, dismissed the Nomads’ claims, saying the three cannot leave Silver.

“These players are the heart of Silver Strikers and if they talk of buying these three, they better buy the whole team. I also doubt if Wanderers can manage to pay transfer fees for these players,” said Mwale.

Meanwhile, Silver’s striker Tony Chitsulo  featured for the Nomads in their 1-1 friendly encounter against Blantyre United on Saturday.

Nyasa Times also understands that the Nomads are in talks with Civo United defenders of John ‘Kintu’ Lanjesi and Pilirani Makupe, who had a short stint with the Lali-Lubani Road boys some time back.

Lanjesi told Nyasa Times: “I am really interested in joining Wanderers.”

On another note, Kanyenda also disclosed that midfielder Gerald ‘Papa’ Phiri left the country for Harare, Zimbabwe on a possible move to join Caps United.

Mlimbika: I want to remain a Wanderers  player
Mlimbika: I want to remain a Wanderers player
Papa off to Caps United....Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Papa off to Caps United….Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Tony Chitsulo in the Nomads camp.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Tony Chitsulo in the Nomads camp…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

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