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Over 10 Nomads players out of contract end of season

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Victor Maunde

Cash-strapped Mighty Wanderers face another hurdle in their fight for survival as they risk losing over 10 players at the end of the season.

The players’ contracts run out at the end of the season and could become free agents should Wanderers fail to renegotiate.

The Nomads have a squad of 27 players and the departure of ten would impact negatively on their performance.

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The players who are in their final months of their contracts are Lucky Malata, Francis Mlimbika, Bongani Kaipa, Mike Kaziputa, Peter Cholopi, William Thole, Richard Chipuwa, Babatunde Adepoju, Rafick Namwera and Mischeck Botoman.

Nigerian defender Yinusa Sherrif and Ghanaian striker Michael Tetteh could also leave as they signed season-long deals.

The development could be a blessing in disguise for the Lali Lubani Road side which has struggled to sustain its monthly wage bill of K12 million.

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Wanderers General Secretary Victor Maunde confirmed that contracts for some of their top stars will expire at the end of the season.

“It is not automatic that every player will be retained at the end of the season. We will consider individual performance of the players and resources at our disposal before deciding who to keep,” Maunde said.

He said negotiations had already commenced with some of the players on the possibility of extending their deals.

Before the season kicked off, the Nomads moved quickly to extend deals for players such as Stanley Sanudi, Isaac Kaliati, Felix Zulu and Ted Sumani.

Babatunde said he was yet to discuss extension of his contract. “My future at Wanderers will depend on the outcome of my negotiations with the club,” he said.

The Nomads have been struggling financially from the time Japanese car dealer Be Forward Limited decided against renewing a sponsorship contract in December last year.

However, there was a timely relief last week after business mogul Thomson Mpinganjira supported the club with K20.2 million in respect of salaries for players.

The package covers four months from December to April.

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