Nyasa convinces Chiukepo to stay
Sponsor Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC) Wednesday stepped in to help Big Bullets persuade top striker, Chiukepo Msowoya, into signing a one-year contract extension, making him among the club’s highest earners.
Bullets Chairperson, Sammy Chilunga and NMC, Chairperson, Konrad Buckle, confirmed that Msowoya—who is an asset for club and country—agreed to extend the contract, while keeping his options for a foreign move open.
In a statement, Buckle—in what appeared to be a thinly-veiled reference to the departure of Jaffalie Chande to rivals, Be Forward Wanderers—stressed that they would not let go any player they “are fully interested in.”
Chilunga added that they had tied down 28 players to contracts to end speculations over possible more departures from the team.
“He [Msowoya] prays with me and prays for me when I am low. I knew he also has trust in me. Money is not a motivating factor—if this was the case, Bullets could have folded as has been the case with other teams,” Chilunga explained.
The Bullets, who bought Amadu Makawa (from Dedza Young Soccer), Ernest Kakhobwe (Azam Tigers), John Lanjesi and Emmanuel Zoya ( both from Civo United), might sign three more players.
Bullets lost the attacker Chande to the rivals after the People’s Team reportedly failed to meet his K3 million signing-on fee demand.
Chande appears to be settling down at Wanderers as he trained with them yesterday.
Msowoya’s advisor and Bullets technical director, Billy Tewesa, confirmed that the club agreed to release Msowoya in the event that foreign clubs, such as South Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic, live up to their promise to invite him for further trials in June.
“Bullets is a club that does not believe in standing in the way of players who do not want to play for Bullets. It is for this reason that we released Chande,” Tewesa said.
Msowoya, Bullets Player-of-the-Year 2015 and TNM Super League joint-top scorer with Red Lions’ Innocent Bokosi, scored the Flames’ consolation when they lost 2-1 to Guinea on Tuesday during a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
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