Flames blossoming attacker Peter Banda has completed his move to Tanzania Premier League champions Simba Sports Club after signing a three-year deal on an undisclosed fee.
The youngster spent six months on loan at Moldova National Division champions Tiraspol Sheriff but the club did not activate the clause for the permanent transfer before July 31 2021.
This allowed Simba to move in quickly to capture the 20-year old star.
The Flames star is being considered as a direct replacement for Mozambique forward Luis Jose Miquisson, who has joined African champions Al Ahly SC.
Bullets Chief Executive Officer Suzgo Nyirenda confirmed the development Tuesday.
“We expect him to remain professorial and a hard worker all the time. There is a lot of entertainment in Tanzania but we hope he will stick to the code of ethics. He is so happy and excited about the deal,” he added.
However, local football pundits have questioned Bullets’ decision to sell the attacker to an African team, despite having several suitors in Europe including France and Hungary.
Simba were offering five times what he was getting in Moldova.
Former Flames and Mighty Wanderers midfielder Joseph Kamwendo, who had a stint in Europe with FC Nordsjaelland before he returned to Africa, said it was a tricky move to Simba as expectations will be high.
“Simba have a big project as they want to conquer Africa and they believe Peter is one of the players to help them. If it is about money, let him go to Simba but if he wants to advance his career, he should have remained in Europe,” said Kamwendo who regretted his move back to Africa from Europe during his playing days.
Banda last played for Sheriff in the Uefa Champions League second round match as they beat Armenian side FC Alashkert 3-1 to progress to the third round after winning 4-1 on aggregate recently.
The former Griffin Young Stars player had a good debut season in Moldova after helping Sheriff to defend the league having scored seven goals and provided 10 assists.
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