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Civo, Silver Strikers yet to start Blessings Tembo discussions

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Capital City rivals Civil Service United and Silver Strikers are yet to start discussions surrounding the future of experienced midfielder Blessings Tembo, who is linked with a return to the Central Bankers.

Tembo is on Silver Coach Daniel Kabwe’s wish-list in the ongoing transfer window as he wants to bolster his squad for a grueling second round of the elite league.

Silver have made a formal approach to their rivals for their former star and are waiting on the wings.

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Civil General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula said they were yet to start negotiations on the matter.

“We do not want to stand in any player’s way but procedures must be followed. There is strong interest in the player from Silver but we are yet to discuss the matter,” Chiwaula said.

Tembo is expected to complement wingers Thuso Paipi and youngster Chinsisi Maonga as the Central Bankers aim at cementing their position at the summit of the log table.

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Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali said they require Tembo’s services in their quest to lift the league title.

“We are indeed interested in Tembo’s services but Civil have told us that he cannot be released this time,” Chimbali said.

The Reserve Bank of Malawi-sponsored side was also interested in Malawi National Football Team winger Yamikani Chester but lost out after the player decided to rejoin Be Forward Wanderers.

However, Kabwe has received a boost as seasoned midfielder Frank Banda is expected to be registered before kickoff of the second round, having returned to Area 47 from Mozambican side UD Songo.

Tembo spent over five years at Silver, helping the club win the Airtel Top 8 Cup in 2017 before joining Wanderers in the same year under controversial circumstances.

In an interview Thursday, Tembo said he was open to a Silver return.

“I am a Civil player and my future will be decided by what the two clubs agree. I enjoyed my time at Silver; so, returning to my roots would be great,” he said.

Tembo was part of the Nomads squad that competed in the 2017 Caf Champions League against Democratic Republic of Congo’s AS Vita.

He later left the Lali Lubani Road, claiming he was forced to join the Blantyre giants.

Civil opened their doors to the former Silver captain in the 2018 season.

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