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Civil in no rush to sign Bashir Maunde

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Former Nyasa Big Bullets defender Bashir Maunde will have to wait a bit longer to finalise his move to Civil Service United as transfer logistics threaten to halt the deal.

Sources indicated that Maunde passed his trials at Civil, where both Head Coach Franco Ndawa and Assistant Coach Elia Kananji made recommendations to sign him.

Kananji said they were waiting for Civil’s board to conclude the transfer as the coaches felt the former Mighty Tigers player would add value to the team.

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“It is not a secret that the player [Maunde] impressed us and we want him on board. We need his experience. He has demonstrated during his trials that he is a leader both on and off the pitch,” he said.

Civil General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula said contractual discussions with the player had started.

“The technical panel already endorsed the player and we are in talks with him. Be mindful that we are a government-sponsored team so we go by rules laid out by our sponsor. In this scenario we are talking about the same salary scale. What might differ is only the signing on fee so once we are done we will communicate,” he said.

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Maunde said joining Civil would be another milestone in his career and a challenge he was looking forward to.

“I gave my all during training and I believe they saw what I can bring to the club. It is my desire to reunite with Muhammad Sulumba (striker) and coach Elia Kananji who I worked with at Bullets. The good thing is that even the Head Coach [Ndawa] also coached me at Mighty Tigers. So Civil will be like my other home,” he said.

Bashir was released from Bullets at the end of the 2019 season on grounds of underperformance but the player said some officials sabotaged his stay at the People’s Team.

Maunde also played for defunct sides Escom United and Blantyre United.

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