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Nakoma warns BB on Sulumba

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Blantyre United technical director, Lawson Nakoma, has warned Nyasa Big Bullets against playing delaying tactics on the transfer negotiations of burly striker, Muhamad Sulumba.

Nakoma yesterday said he got wind of reports that The People’s Team are buying their time so as to sign the former Be Forward Wanderers sniper as a free agent when his contract at United expires in April.

On Monday, Bullets paraded Sulumba, Emmanuel Zoya, John Lanjesi (who are contracted to Civo United) and Ernest Kakhobwe from Azam Tigers, saying they had signed the players on pre-contracts.

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Nakoma on Wednesday said he was surprised to learn about the pre-contract through the press as Sulumba did not report back to United when allowed to discuss personal terms with Bullets.

“His contract is indeed expiring this year, but we also have options to sell him to another team. I hear Bullets are playing tricks so as to get him for free. There are other teams such as Be Forward Wanderers waiting in the wings,” he said.

“Before a player signs a precontract, the interested club is supposed to inform the parent club, but Bullets did not do this. The last communication we had with them, they asked for a quote. We will see what we can do within the laws.”

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Bullets chairperson, Sammy Chilunga, accused the media of distorting facts on the four new players.

“I am surprised that you are asking this when we wrote United asking for a transfer fee. This is the problem with you reporters. We made it clear during the launch that the players were merely our guests. We did not say that they were ours. I am not aware of reports that we want to sign Sulumba for free,” Chilunga said.

He did not respond whether it was possible in a civilised football league, such as in the Barclays English Premier League, for a club such as Chelsea to invite Manchester City’s Yaya Toure to any function at the Stamford Bridge without facing sanctions.

Fifa player transfer regulations state that “a player that signs a contract shall be bound by it for its entire duration. This is in line with Fifa regulation that contracts must be respected. A club intending to conclude a contract with a professional must inform the player’s current club in writing before entering into negotiations with him.”

Reports suggest that Bullets have promised Sulumba a K5 million signing-on fee when he joins on a free a transfer. Bullets did not respond to the reports.

Earlier, Wanderers general secretary, Mike Butao, revealed that they failed to sign Sulumba because he was making unreasonable demands, including a K4 million signing-on fee.

“I do not think there is any player in the Super League worth that much. We are a club with sponsorship to protect. We have to be accountable and responsible. We also believe he is not worth that much,” Butao said.

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