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Blue Eagles line up alternatives for Gaddie Chirwa

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TNM Super League runners-up Blue Eagles have lined up several alternatives to replace striker Gaddie Chirwa should he leave the team.

Chirwa is reported to have agreed personal terms with Airtel Top 8 Cup champions Mighty Mukuru Wanderers.

The Nomads officially approached Eagles for Chirwa’s services, with the player being expected to sign a three-year-deal.

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Eagles Chairperson Alexander Ngwala said they have ready replacements should Chirwa leave.

“We will be a very tough team to beat next season. We are never short of good players. There are several players who will be joining us after completing police training. So, there is no cause for concern. We are not pressing the panning button,” Ngwala said.

He said the players are defenders Wonder Jeremani and Kingsley Kuwali and strikers Tonic Viyuyi, Hendrix Misinde and Lanken Mwale.

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Eagles Legal Adviser Solomon Mchawi, who also doubles as the team’s general secretary, said Wanderers had indeed knocked at Eagles’ door.

“They have made an official enquiry through Miss Adella Migogo but we are yet to meet as an executive to map the way forward. As a club, we have an open door policy for our players. We will not stop the player from leaving the club if he, indeed, decides to do so. All we want is for the club that wants his services to follow all the procedures,” Mchawi said.

Migogo confirmed having contacted Mchawi on the matter.

“Gaddie Chirwa signing for Wanderers is no longer a secret. We have met Mr Mchawi to officially tell him about our wish to sign the player.

“We thank Blue Eagles for allowing us to talk to the player. We started the process several weeks ago,” Migogo said.

Wanderers President Thom Mpinganjira told the media on Sunday in Blantyre that his club will complete the signing of all its six targets.

The Nomads have already roped in Christopher Kumwembe from Civil Service United and Karonga United’s Mphatso Kamanga.

Wanderers are hoping for a better 2023 season, having finished fourth in the Super League behind champions Nyasa Big Bullets, Eagles and Kamuzu Barracks.

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