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Big Bullets sign Peter Banda, Mike Mkwate off to Zambia

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

Mkwate (right)

A window of opportunity has opened for Nyasa Big Bullets exciting midfielder, Mike Mkwate, to try his luck at Zambia top-flight league side Buildcon FC.

Mkwate was supposed to leave for the neighbouring country with Peter Banda, who has just signed for Bullets.

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But while Mkwate left Monday for Ndola, Banda is still at the People’s Team.

The two players were spotted during the two-legged under-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers between Malawi and Zambia last month.

Bullets Chief Administrator, Albert Chigoga, said Mkwate will be assessed for at least three days.

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“Peter is yet to leave because of some logistical reasons. But we are excited that our players continue to attract interest from foreign teams and we are confident that Mkwate will make it,” Chigoga said.

Mkwate was a standout player for the junior Flames during the 1-0 loss at Heroes National Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia last week where he was named man-of-the-match.

If Mkwate makes it, he will follow in the footsteps of compatriot Dalitso Sailesi who was signed by Lusaka Dynamos but terminated his deal last year.

Luka Milanzi also had a spell at Zesco while on loan from TP Mazembe.

Buildcon, also known as Team Kopala, were founded in 2012 and are based in Ndola. The club is owned by businessman Moses Mubanga.

Meanwhile, Bullets have signed Banda on a season-long loan deal from Griffin Young Stars.

Banda was also on the radar of Silver Strikers.

The son to former Bullets midfield dynamo, the late Chikondi Banda, becomes the fifth signing for Kallisto Pasuwa in the current transfer window.

The other signings are Precious Sambani, Ben Manyozo, Luke Chima and Gomezgani Chirwa.

Banda manager, Griffin Saenda Jnr, said it would not have been proper for the youngster to travel to Zambia just after joining Bullets.

“It is better for Peter to concentrate on doing well for Bullets as the TNM Super League kicks off this month. Let me make it clear here that he is at Bullets to gain experience at top level,” he said.

Banda, one of domestic football’s most talented youngsters, underwent trials at Club Brugge in Belgium alongside Sambani.

Banda also went to Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates in South Africa for a similar mission.

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