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Lanjesi, Zoya join Big Bullets

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After landing former Blantyre United forward Muhammad Sulumba last week, Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets have reportedly sealed a deal with Civo United to sign central defenders John Lanjesi and Emmanuel Zoya.

Bullets had been in contact with Civo United to get the sturdy sweepers that were pegged at K4 million each.

Bullets’ vice-secretary, Kelvin Moyo, confirmed yesterday that the club’s chairperson Sam Chilunga travelled to Lilongwe on Thursday to finalise talks with the Standard Bank Cup champions.

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Moyo said Bullets’ executive committee would meet today to be briefed about the deal which has reportedly been sealed.

He said the players had been offered three-year deals, just like Sulumba, and they would likely be unveiled this week alongside Dedza Young Soccer midfielder Amadu Makawa.

“We are waiting to get the chairperson’s report on his trip to Lilongwe, but I am pretty sure that we will unveil the new signings this week,” he said.

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Moyo added that the club had long-term plans for the players hence the lengthy contracts offered.

“Normally we always want to keep the players that are in our plans. We want to keep them for a long time so that they can help us achieve our goals that include returning to Caf Champions League where we want to compete favourably,” he said.

Civo United general secretary Charles Mwenda’s phone went unanswered on several occasions yesterday afternoon as The Sunday Times tried to get details about the deal.

Lanjesi and Zoya’s signing brings a lot of competition to the Bullets defence with Chikumbutso Kanyenda, Pilirani Zonda, Miracle Gabeya, Bashir Maunde, Sankhani Mkandawire and Yamikani Fodya waiting in the wings.

Zoya would likely provide cover to the left-back position where Yamikani Fodya played every minute of the 2015 Super League season in a 3-5- 2 formation.

Bullets are also currently assessing former Caps United defender George Nyirenda for a possible return to the champions.

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