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Muhammad Sulumba hits snag

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Nyasa Big Bullets forward Muhammad Sulumba’s dream to complete his move to South Africa Premier Soccer League side Polokwane City suffered a huge setback following transfer fee payment misunderstandings between the clubs.

Details have emerged that part of the transfer fee was already paid to Bullets but the current administration is failing to trace the money.

Polokwane City agreed with the People’s Team’s former executive committee a transfer fee of R250 000 (about K12 500 000) to sign the former Be Forward Wanderers and Blantyre United striker.

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Sources indicated that the South African side paid R70 000 (about K3 500 000) upfront as part payment of the deal.

Sulumba left Bullets in July to join Polokwane before the Sam Chilunga led administration was fired during the extra ordinary general meeting in Lilongwe.

Drama happened on Wednesday when Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Transfer Marching System Manager, Casper Jangale, failed to process Sulumba’s transfer following a restraining notice from Bullets officials.

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Bullets General Secretary, Kelvin Moyo, said the current executive committee was surprised to learn that Polokwane was preparing to pay R130,000.

“Initially we were told that Sulumba was sold at R200 000 instead of R250 000. Some crucial information indicating that Polokwane paid R70,000 was also missing. We only realised on Wednesday when Polokwane gave us a proof that they made part payment,” he said.

Moyo said they were not blocking Sulumba to join Polokwane but proper procedures must be followed for the betterment of the team.

“We were called by Fam transfers manager on the request to clear the player but the chairman Noel Lipipa refused since there were conflicting financial statements from former officials and Polokwane representatives. What we are seeing in our books is very different to what we were told,” he said.

Moyo confirmed that Polokwane was ready to remit R130 000 on understanding that they already paid R70 000.

Former Bullets head of finance, George Ndindi, refused to comment saying he was leaving the country.

Meanwhile, Jangale said they were waiting for Bullets’ directives on the matter.

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