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Babatunde returns to Wanderers after Silver change tune

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Be Forward Wanderers Nigerian striker Babatunde Adepoju is back at Lali Lubani Road after Capital City giants Silver Strikers decided against signing him.

Silver had been chasing the player in the current transfer window and agreed to pay K8 million for his signature.

The Central Bankers are reported to have issued a cheque last week to seal the deal but the move stalled after it was referred to the drawer.

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Silver board Chairperson, Victor Madhlopa, said the move was called off after a careful analysis of the player’s abilities on the pitch.

“We considered the merits and demerits of signing the player and a decision has been made to call off the move. We are all satisfied with the crop of players we have in our camp at the moment,” Madhlopa said.

The Silver boss was tight-lipped on their next move but an inside source confided in The Daily Times that the team was weighing options on signing another attacker before closure of the transfer window.

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Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde, confirmed that the move had indeed flopped.

“We received a National Bank of Malawi cheque worth K8 million dated March 6 last Friday but it was referred to the drawer,” Maunde said.

Babatunde scored 15 goals in the TNM Super League last season, six behind Golden Boot award winner Khuda Muyaba who is now with South Africa’s Polokwane City.

The Nigerian joined Wanderers after a solid performance for Masters Security’s Carlsberg Cupwinning side in 2018.

But the lanky forward struggled in the second round of the Super League where he was overtaken by Muyaba and Nyasa Big Bullets’ Hassan Kajoke.

Wanderers also have Vincent Nyangulu and Mischeck Botoman as recognised centre strikers with Peter Wadabwa, Mathews Sibale and Juma Yatina also fighting for places in the squad.

Silver have signed strikers Stain Davie and Foster Biton from TN Stars and Blue Eagles, respectively, to beef up their frontline after Muyaba’s departure.

The Central Bankers have also signed Chikondi Kamanga and promoted Chisinsi Maonga, Frank Chizuze, Innocent Shema, Phillip Banda, Horace Mchoma, Zebron Kalima and Maxwell Paipi from their reserve side.

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