Mighty Wanderers’ lanky Nigerian striker Babatunde Adepoju has crossed the floor to sign for bitter rivals Nyasa Big Bullets.
The move follows the expiry of his contract with Wanderers.
Babatunde, who joined the Nomads from defunct Masters Security, has signed a three-year deal with the People’s Team.
The 25-year-old joins Bullets as a free agent and is expected to be registered for the team’s Caf Champions League campaign.
He told the club’s website that he was excited to join.
“It feels good to be a Bullets player. I believe I will be able to contribute to the team’s further success. I believe I will add value,” Babatunde said.
The gangling forward, who has netted five goals in the current season, was on the verge of joining Silver Strikers but the deal fell through after the Bankers changed their mind.
Silver had paid Wanderers K8 million through a cheque as transfer fees for Babatunde but the move flopped after it was referred to the drawer.
The forward joined Wanderers from Masters after a solid performance that helped the Lilongwe-based side to win the 2018 Carlsberg Cup.
Wanderers General Secretary Fadwique Matemba, sounding calm, said they failed to extend the deal due to financial challenges.
“We failed to reach an agreement with him as we were still waiting for funds,” Matemba said.
In his debut season at Wanderers, the versatile Nigerian scored 15 goals for the Lali Lubani Road outfit, six behind golden boot award winner Khuda Muyaba.
Sports analyst George Kaudza-Masina described the development as a big loss to Wanderers.
“This is a big loss to Wanderers. Losing a player of Babatunde’s caliber for free is painful to any team. This just shows that Wanderers’ officials lacked seriousness in dealing with the player,” Kaudza-Masina said.
Before the start of the 2019 season, Bullets also signed defender Precious Sambani from Wanderers after his loan deal expired.
However, Babatunde could wait a bit longer to make his TNM Super League debut having moved to Bullets outside the transfer window.
Other signings that Bullets have made recently are Eric Kaonga from Ekwendeni Hammers and Paul Kansungwi, formerly of Red Lions.