Mighty Mukuru Wanderers have completed the signing of striker Gaddie Chirwa from Blue Eagles after paying K7.5 million to break the local transfer record.
After a protracted war, Wanderers and Eagles settled for the amount to enable the 25-year-old seal a three-year deal.
The development comes as a relief to Wanderers diehards as the Lali Lubani Road outfit threatened to pull out of the deal over disagreements on the transfer fee.
Eagles pegged the player at K15 million before going down to K9 million while Wanderers increased their bid to K7 million from K3.5 million.
Follow up talks saw both parties reaching a compromise.
Chirwa said he was set to face new challenge at Nomads, who ended their three-year trophy drought by winning the Airtel Top 8 Cup after beating rivals Nyasa Big Bullets 5-3 on penalties.
“I was worried when the deal was about to collapse. I wanted to face another challenge. I am glad that I have finally joined Wanderers. I promise I will work hard to help Wanderers win trophies,” he said.
His manager and brother, Sammy, said they were delighted to have completed the deal.
“It has not been an easy move to join Wanderers; it took family effort and the player himself. We were positive throughout the journey. It is now time for him to showcase what he is made of. I have confidence that he will not be under pressure following the big money move to Wanderers,” he said.
Eagles Chairperson Alexander Ngwala confirmed having cleared the player after agreeing with Wanderers on the transfer fee.
“As Blue Eagles we are glad to announce the transfer of Gaddie to Wanderers. We wish him all the best as he has been a loyal servant to the club he joined three seasons ago.
“We also wish to congratulate Wanderers for a health and lengthy debate that came about as result of the players’ interest to join them,” Ngwala said.
According to Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Club Licencing and Compliance Manager Casper Jangale, the domestic record was at K4.5 million and it was being held by several players.
Meanwhile, Wanderers Football Development Director Limbani Magomero said following the arrival of Chirwa, the club will not make any signings.
“We had a list of six players which our head coach [Mark Harrison] prepared after consulting the media and national team coach [Mario Marian Marinica]. After consulting the coach also went to monitor the players during games.
“We have now signed the sixth and final player. We will not make any additions. We are now through on the transfer market,” Magomero, who was flanked by the team’s Business Development Director Chris Magomero, said.
Wanderers have signed attackers Mphatso Kamanga from Karonga United and Christopher Kumwembe from Civil Service United.
The team is also yet to unveil defender Emmanuel Nyirenda and goalkeeper Dalitso Khungwa from Mighty Wakawaka Tigers having already signed them. The sixth player is from the team’s reserve side.