Mafco can breathe a sigh of relief next season as they would welcome back eight key players who were in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on a peace keeping mission.
The returnees are expected to fill the void left by the departure of top forward Richard Mbulu to Mozambican club Costa do Sol.
Mafco outgoing Chairperson, Richard Chagonapanja, disclosed that the eight players might be registered in absentia.
The players are expected to return from the DRC in May, just some weeks into the new season. The new season kicks-off in April.
“We will discuss the issue with the technical panel but definitely we will register them. They are quality players who can help the team compete for trophies, “Chagonapanja said.
The Salima-based soldiers will welcome back Kalisto Kalinda, Martin Masoatheka, Maurice Chiumia, Jimmy Mzunga, Hassan Chapola, Alfred Nyondo and Frank Kasiyamo.
If Kalinda and Masoatheka will be fit, they can fill the void left by the departure of Mbulu.
However, Chagonapanja admitted that the club was finding it tough to get a player of Mbulu’s quality.
“The search is still on for his replacement but, honestly, it is not easy because Mbulu is a top class striker,” he added.
Mafco Head Coach, Thomas Maloya, also admitted that the club will miss Mbulu whose combination with Joseph Dosa caused plenty of problems to many Super League teams.
Mbulu, who recently signed for Costa do Sol in Mozambique, finished as the TNM Super League top scorer last season with 19 goals. He also won Presidential Cup Golden Boot Award.
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