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Silver Strikers have admitted that it would be difficult to keep their captain Lucky Malata, whose contract expires this month.

The Bankers’ interim General Secretary, Thabo Nyirenda, on Tuesday claimed that Malata was demanding K5 million for him to renew the contract. The player was not available for a comment on Tuesday.

Nyirenda said their negotiations with the captain were being undermined by other offers, which Blantyre giants, Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets, have reportedly made on the Flames’ centre-back.

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He hinted that they might let go the defender and focus on up-and-coming players who are undergoing trials at the club.

“He is our captain and he has been with us in the past six years. We have not been approached by any club, but we understand that Bullets and Wanderers are also eyeing him. He told us that BB have offered him K4.5 million, yet he wants us to give him K5 million,” Nyirenda said.

On Monday, Malata reportedly signed a pre-contract with Wanderers, but the Lali Lubani side has been reluctant to comment on the matter.

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The Nomads vice-General Secretary, Christopher Kananji, on Sunday said securing Malata can boost Wanderers’ defence.

Kananji added that they want to strengthen their squad to challenge for the TNM Super League championship next season.

“He is among of our targets, but I cannot say that he has signed for us because we are yet to finalise some logistics,” Kananji said.

Bullets’ interim General Secretary, Bizzy Kalozeni, yesterday said he was not aware of the club’s interest in the defender.

“It might be possible that someone has, in his individual capacity, approached Lucky. He is a good player but we are waiting for a report from the technical panel on the players they want,” Kalozeni said.

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