Nyasa Big Bullets faces a race against time to sign Hangover United youthful defender, Frank Nedi, who has been earmarked as a possible replacement for Charles Petro.
The local transfer deadline is due tonight with extension possibility.
Sources indicate that Hangover have pegged the defender at K5 million but the Premier Division side is ready to reduce the fee to K4 million.
Hangover president, Asad Jussab, could neither confirm nor deny the fee the club is demanding.
“That is for us and Bullets to discuss if they are really interested to sign the players. There have been enquires but not serious ones,” he said.
Bullets Chief Administration Officer, Albert Chigoga, confirmed last week the player was attending trials at the club.
“It is only an assessment. The coaches wanted to monitor him closely. If everything goes well we will issue a statement regarding our stand,” Chigoga said.
Nedi was optimistic he will sign a new contract with Bullets.
“I was warmly welcomed and given all the support on arrival at the club. Bullets is a big club and I was nervous when I got here. Football is football.
The basics are the same I have been listening to the senior players and instructions from the coaches. It is my hope they will give me a chance to play for the side,” Nedi said.
Bullets are short of central after selling defender Petro to Moldova side with Sherrif FC while captain John Lanjesi is recovering from long lay-off.
Another defender Bashir Maunde was released while Miracle Gabeya refused to sign a year-long contract extension leaving Nixon Nyasulu and Sankhani Mkandawire as the only central defenders at the Peoples Team.
If signed, Nedi will be a very good backup to Lanjesi who is yet to recover.
Nedi was also an outstanding performer when he helped Hangover reach semifinals of the Fisd Challenge Cup after knocking out Super League sides Mighty Tigers and Be Forward Wanderers.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.