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Alfred Gangata tones down on Babatunde

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By Ronald Mpaso:

GANGATA—I have put my foot down

Masters Security FC owner, Alfred Gangata, has toned down on claims of ownership for striker Babatunde Adepoju, who signed a three-year contract with Be Forward Wanderers.

The Nigerian signed for Wanderers on Monday last week as a free agent after the expiry of his season-long contract at Masters.

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Gangata has been insisting that Babatunde was still his player as he had a contract with the Carlsberg Cup champions.

But the youthful and ambitious Gangata said he no longer wants to deal with issues surrounding Babatunde’s transfer to Wanderers.

“This is a useless matter. It is just a waste of time. If I were to pursue it further, Babatunde would end up not playing in the new season. But, anyway, I have kind of given up. Let things be the way they are,” Gangata said.

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Instead, he said Wanderers would have to pay K5 million for the services of the Lilongwe-based side’s captain Francis Mkonda.

At the time of signing Babatunde last week, the Nomads wrote Masters asking for Mkonda’s signature.

“But Mkonda can only leave after the first round of the season. That is the punishment Wanderers will get for the manner in which they signed Babatunde,” Gangata said.

But Babatunde declined to comment on the matter, saying issues surrounding his transfer are personal.

“I am at home in Lilongwe right now and I will be moving to Blantyre when Wanderers begin preparations for the new season. I only went to Blantyre for my unveiling ceremony. I am a Wanderers player and all is well between me and the club,” he said.

Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, has said he has not processed any transfer in the current transfer window despite Nyasa Big Bullets announcing the signings of Ben Manyozo and Precious Sambani and Wanderers striking a deal with Babatunde.

“I still have nothing on my desk. The clubs know the procedures to follow and we are waiting for them to do the needful,” Jangale said.

Most teams in the TNM Super League have indicated that they are intending to buy new players and either loan out or axe some of their players.

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