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Elia Kananji backs Sulumba

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Be Forward Wanderers coach, Elia Kananji, has said he would sit down with out-of-form striker, Muhammad Sulumba, to help him rediscover the form that made him the Nomads cult-hero in the TNM Super League.

Sulumba’s form has hit rock-bottom following a failed transfer to South African club, Jomo Cosmos, last month.

Since returning from South Africa, Sulumba has featured in three matches, but he has barely posed any threat to opposition, let alone play a full game.

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But Kananji has backed the player, who has been at the receiving end of insults.

“He has shown signs of improvement in recent games. It is understandable that he is frustrated after failing to clinch a deal in South Africa. We will continue counselling him so that he should forget about the past and move on. We will continue chatting with him so that he should get back to his best,” Kananji explained.

Sulumba scored four goals in the first five league games this season and won a place in the Flames squad that participated at the Cosafa Cup in South Africa in May.

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Sulumba scored one goal at Cosafa and, together with compatriot Micium Mhone, were taken aboard by Cosmos. Contacted separately, Sulumba said he did not want to comment on his failed Cosmos bid.

Mhone secured a contract, but Sulumba, who is on loan at Wanderers from Blantyre United, was released.

Kananji has also hailed the impact of defender Peter Mselema, who made his first appearance in over a year in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Red Lions in the Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup.

“Even though he was out for long, we still believed that he could deliver against Red Lions. He worked hard and did well. He just needs about three games to get back to his best,” he said about Mselema, who formed a formidable combination with Kondwani Lufeyo to give Wanderers their first clean sheet in three matches.

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