By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Nyasa Big Bullets are interested in signing Masters Security FC red-hot Nigerian forward Babatunde Adoboye on a short-term loan deal, ahead of the TNM Super League leaders’ participation in the Caf Champions League.
Bullets Chief Executive Officer, Fleetwood Haiya, Wednesday confirmed their interest in the player but said nothing concrete has been agreed with Masters.
“Indeed, we have shown interest in the player [so as to sign him] on a short-term deal but we can also make the deal permanent depending on what we agree with Masters. We are short of strikers so we believe that he can help us in the Caf Champions League,” Haiya said.
He said they have also promoted midfielder Chimwemwe Idana from their reserve side with the hope of including the youngster in the Caf Champions League squad.
Masters General Secretary (GS), Zacharia Nyirenda, said there was no official contact from Bullets on their interest in Babatunde.
“Bullets just approached us verbally but there is nothing official. I told them that if they approach us officially, the matter would be discussed at an Executive Committee level,’’ Nyirenda said.
Bullets coaching panel member, Heston Munthali, observed that his side needs reinforcement upfront.
The Nigerian has been a revelation for Masters this season, as they won the Carlsberg Cup after beating Be Forward Wanderers 5-4 on post-match penalties, following a 1-1 draw in regulation time at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday.
Babatunde also impressed on Tuesday, when Masters lost 4-0 to Wanderers in the Fisd Challenge Cup round-of-32 at the same venue.
The towering player can feature as a traditional centre-forward, operate behind strikers and in the wings. He is good in the air, can hold up play, make telling runs and dribble. However, he does not shoot on target regularly.
Babatunde, who tried his luck at Blue Eagles recently but failed to impress, has been scoring vital goals for Masters this season.
Bullets have veteran striker Chiukepo Msowoya, Bright Munthali and Patrick Phiri as recognised strikers.
Bullets are returning to the continental club competition after a three-year absence.
The People’s Team last participated in the Caf Champions League in 2015 but exited the competition after losing 6-1 on aggregate.
Silver Strikers have also registered for participation in the Confederations Cup.
Reports also suggest that Silver are interested in their former stars Chawanangwa Kawonga and Matthew Sibale, who are based in Mozambique, ahead of participation in the Confederations Cup.
However, Silver GS, Lawrence Yobe, insisted that he has faith in the current squad.
“We have good players and we have trust in the existing squad,’’ Yobe said.
Silver have recalled striker Michael Tetteh from a six-month loan spell with Mzuni FC to join the striking force comprising Green Harawa, Mphatso Phillimoni and Khuda Muyaba.
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