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Peter Banda fee scares TS Sporting

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Albert Chigoga

South African lower division side, TS Sporting, has scoffed at Nyasa Big Bullets’ K40 million price tag on sensational winger Peter Banda.

The Malawi national football team youngster is a target for South African lower division club TS Sporting.

The club wants the services of the former Griffin Young Stars attacker to beef up the squad ahead for next season.

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In their bid to secure Banda’s signature, Sporting wrote Bullets to express their intention to give the player an outright contract.

But Bullets took their time in deciding how much they would want for their star who has also attended trials at South Africa Premier Soccer League giants Orlando Pirates.

Speaking through South Africa-based Malawian senior journalist Benjamin Nyirenda yesterday, Sporting said Bullets have asked them to pay K40 million for the blossoming winger.

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Nyirenda said the transfer fee was scaring and too high.

“Sporting have indeed received Bullets’ letter, asking for K40 million if we want to sign Peter Banda. But this is just too much. With no disrespect to Bullets, the player himself and Malawian football in general, their asking price is just too much. Even if you want to negotiate, where do you start from if the asking price is this much? Sporting really likes the player and they would have loved Bullets to be cooperative in this deal, but it is clear they are not interested.

“You don’t start with overpricing if you really have the player’s welfare at heart. Peter’s father did a lot for Bullets and the best they can do to honour his memory is to give the boy the chance to move to South Africa. But as it stands now, that will just remain a dream for him,” he said.

Banda’s uncle who is also his manager, Griffin Saenda Junior, said the player has a K20 million release clause.

“Opportunities like these come once in a lifetime and this is Peter’s chance to play abroad. We have seen great players getting exposure through the lower leagues in South Africa and I think Peter can get a chance to play for a big club through such teams.

“Retired players such as Peter Mponda, Joseph Kamwendo and Jacob Ngwira first signed for lower league teams in South Africa before playing for big clubs. So Peter can do the same. I believe he is now ready to play abroad,” Saenda said.

Bullets chief administrator Albert Chigoga did not answer his mobile phone and WhatsApp messages after several attempts.

Banda was one of the key players for Bullets as they successfully defended the TNM Super League last season with 70 points, just one point better than bitter rivals Be Forward Wanderers.

His outstanding performances saw him clinching the Player of the Season accolade in his debut season after joining on loan from Griffin Youngsters.

Bullets then rewarded him with a three-year contract in February to ward off interest from Silver Strikers.

But local football analyst and former Football Association of Malawi general secretary, George Kaudza Masina, said the tag was justifiable.

“The problem in Malawi is that we undervalue our players. Peter should not go for less than K50 million. He is still young and talented,” Kaudza Masina said.

Banda also had unsuccessful trials with another South African club Bidvest Wits.

He also went for trials at Club Brugge in Belgium alongside teammate Precious Sambani.

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