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Civo yet to extend trio’s contracts

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Civo Service United are yet to extend contracts for three key players ahead of football’s expected resumption in August.

The three are midfielders Blessings Tembo and Innocent Tanganyika, and goalkeeper Tione Tembo.

Civo Team Manager, Gabriel Chirwa, said discussions with the trio were underway.

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“Discussions with the three players are underway and we are making good progress. We cannot afford to lose them because they are key players,” Chirwa said.

Civo General Secretary, Ronald Chiwaula, said they are not panicking as the three players are committed to the team.

“We have agreed deals with them in principle. Issues between us and the three players are now water under the bridge. We have the leeway to use the players due to the delayed kick off of the season, so there is no cause for alarm,” Chiwaula said.

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Blessings Tembo joined Civo after terminating his contract with Be Forward Wanderers in 2017.

The former Silver Strikers skipper was linked with a return to Area 47 but the deal did not materialise.

Tione Tembo and Tanganyika have been with Civo since the Civil Servants bought Epac’s TNM Super League status about three years ago.

Tanganyika almost joined Mozambique champions Costa do Sol before the start of last year but the deal flopped.

Civo are hoping for a better 2020 season after going four consecutive years without winning a trophy.

The team’s last trophy was the 2016 Standard Bank Cup which came following a 1-0 win over Wanderers at Civo Stadium.

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