Mafco FC’s prolific forward, Richard Mbulu, has been offered a four-year deal by Portuguese side, Sporting Club de Esmoriz, it has been established.
But the forward will only join the Second Division club when the transfer window opens next January, Mafco Chairperson, Richard Chagonapanja, on Tuesday confirmed.
“His contract starts when the transfer window opens in January 2017. Furthermore, his contract details are with the Malawi Defence Force’s (MDF) Legal Department, who also advised us to ask Mr. Bruno Mogado [Portugal club agent] to consider reviewing his contract’s conditions such as monthly income, medical insurance and signing-on fee and he has not yet reverted [to us],” Chagonapanja explained in a written response.
Chagonapanja could not disclose how much the Portuguese club was offering the lethal forward in signing-on fee and salary.
“We are putting fees’ issues close to our chest until the deal is sealed,” he said.
According to the chairperson, MDF has given the player the green light to join the Portuguese club, provided all procedures are followed.
If he joins the Portuguese side, Mbulu will be the second Malawian player in Europe after Tawonga Chimodzi, who is currently in the books of Cypriot team.
Mbulu, who won the Presidential Cup Golden Boot Award with 19 goals—eight of which he scored in a single game, is the TNM Super League’s leading scorer with 13 goals from 19 games.
He was also linked with a move to newly -promoted South African side, Baroka FC, but the deal flopped.
Recently, the striker was suspended for the rest of the season for allegedly being involved in the fracas involving Mafco and Nyasa Big Bullets’ players at Chitowe Stadium.
However, his suspension was eventually limited to the Carlsberg Cup.
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