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Nomads, Bullets battle for Ishmael Thindwa

By Mabvuto Kambuwe and Yohane Chideya

THE 2017 domestic transfer window closed at midnight on Friday with several clubs attempting   panic buys in readiness for the new season.

Nyasa Big Bullets were the busiest on the day as they launched a last minute assault to snatch gangling forward, Ishmael Thindwa under the noses of rivals, Be Forward Wanderers.

Thindwa, a free agent, has been at Wanderers for close to two years after joining from Zimbabwean giants Caps United, in 2015.

But the Nomads have not renewed his contract despite having the first option, a development that alerted Bullets who are in desperate need of a quality forward. But Thindwa’s Manager, Roy Mdechi, insisted his client would not sign any deal without his [the manager’s] involvement.

“At the moment, I am in Lilongwe but I might travel to Blantyre to discuss Thindwa’s transfer issue. Thindwa can only engage in discussion with any team through me and we hope to conclude everything on Saturday (yesterday), “Mdechi said.

Both Wanderers and Bullets officials were reluctant to comment on the issue. At Wanderers, Thindwa had limited game time due to injuries.  However, during last week’s Wafawafa Big Four Bonanza, he showed signs of rediscovering the form that made him one of the most prolific forwards in domestic football.

He scored the second goal as Wanderers swept aside Kamuzu Barracks 2-0 at Bingu National Stadium. Bullets were also linked with the transfer of former Jomo Cosmos midfielder, Micium Mhone. But the Flames versatile forward looks likely to remain with Blue Eagles as he was holding discussions with the club on Friday.

Meanwhile, Mzuni FC and Bullets have engaged in a cross transfer of their goalkeepers. The Mzuzu-based side has parted ways with Rabson Chiyenda who is now a Bullets player with custodian for the People’s Team, Chimwemwe Kumkwawa, has headed in the opposite direction.

Mzuni Head Coach, Alex Ngwira, and Bullets General Secretary, Albert Chigoga, confirmed the swap deal.

“Yes, our goalkeeper will be joining Bullets and Kunkwawa will join us any time. We have finalised everything,” Ngwira said. Chigoga said the paperwork had been finalised, adding that Bullets were delighted to sign Chiyenda, who was a regular at Mzuni.

He, however, said Mzuni would get a K1 million top up for the blossoming shot-stopper. Bullets are reported to have released Davie Ng’ambi, Luka Milanzie and Jelesi Lufeyo.

Masters Security Services were also busy on the market and signed Milanzie, Ng’ambi on loan from Bullets, Peter Mselema (from Wandereres), Tsanzo Dalio, Raphael Phiri, Richard Chande, Wyson Nkhana (both from Civo), Ndaziona Chilemba, Chiletso Zoya, Robin Ngalande and Simplex Nthala.

Silver Strikers signed 10 players with Wanderers snatching Lucky Malata and Yamikani Chester.

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