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Chimango Kayira rejects contract extension

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Malawi national football team midfield workhorse, Chimango Kayira, has rejected Mozambican club, Costa do Sol’s contract extension, demanding an improved deal.

The former Escom United and Big Bullets player’s two-year contract with the Mozambican club expires this December.

Kayira on Monday said he was ready to continue playing for the Maputo side if they meet his wage demands.

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“I am considering options because several clubs are knocking on my door. I gave them a new contract proposal in which I asked them to double my salary and signing-on fee,” Kayira explained.

“If they want to keep me, they must give me a good offer. The club said they are considering my proposal and they would break the club’s record.”

Kayira has featured in almost every game of the season for the club as they are in the race for this year’s Mocambola League championship and a cup double.

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Kayira is among highest paid Malawian players in Mozambique. Reports suggest that players can get $3,000 (K1.6 million) monthly in Mozambique. The Daily Times used $=K544 exchange rate.

Football scout James Nelito Pondamale, who brokered Kayira’s move to Costa, yesterday claimed that the player is making unrealistic demands.

“He wants $5,000 (K2.7 million) monthly salary and $50,000 (K27 million) signing on fee. That is too much for Mozambique football. Costa told him to go. He will regret this because Costa loves Chimango,” Pondamale said.

The midfielder was elusive on his salary demands, but admitted that Liga Desportivo, Maxaquene and Ferroviaro de Maputo have lined up bids for him.

“They (Costa) have the figures and the club president has promised to talk to me after our last game against Chibuto. I do not know where he [Pondamale] is getting the figures. I am not looking for $50,000, but $40,000 (K22 million,” Kayira said.

Fifa regulations allow a player with less than six months remaining on a contract to talk to potential suitors, hence Kayira is within his right. Kayira is a regular for the Flames and has over 40 caps.

Costa, who trail league leaders Ferreviario de Maputo on goal difference after tying on 43 points, meet Chawanangwa Kawonga’s Chibuto on Sunday in a championship decider.

To win the league, Costa must score three goals while hoping that Ferreviario should drop points in their last game.

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