Silver Strikers players have all the reasons to walk tall in the corridors of Capital City after the club paid the players signing on fees arrears estimated at K40 million for the entire squad.
The club owed the players money in signing on fees dating back to two seasons but new management has cleared all the debts to boost the player’s morale in readiness for the upcoming season whose exact date is not known.
Silver Chief Executive Officer, Thoko Chimbali confirmed that the club had settled all the arrears to the players on signing-on-fee.
“We discovered that some players signed contracts but were yet to get their signing –on-fee so we have paid them. The new signings and promoted players have also received their money so we hope we will start on a good note,” Chimbali said.
According to Chimbali, the club had also extended contracts for majority of the squad until 2022. Contracts for some players at Silver were due to expire in December this year.
However, Flames goalkeeper Brighton Munthali is yet to extend his stay with the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) sponsored side as discussions are underway.
Munthali’s contract is due to expire in June next year and has been linked with a move to Mozambique in the next transfer window.
As part of their rebuilding exercise, the Central Bankers recruited Zambian coach Daniel Kabwe on a two-year deal. The club also signed new players namely Foster Biton from Blue Eagles, Stain Davie from TN Stars, Chikondi Kamanga from Be Forward Wanderers, Misheck Malaisha from Masters Security and Patrick Macheso formerly of Dwangwa United.
Silver also promoted seven players from the reserve side including Chinsisi Maonga, Frank Chizuze and Innocent Shema.
Local football analyst, George Kaudza-Masina said Silver have demonstrated professionalism.
“It is good to boost the morale of the players. This is the right step and I think the players would perform well,” he said.
The Central Bankers, who have gone six years without winning the TNM Super League title also off loaded 20 players. But Kabwe has been challenged to win all major silverware in his debut season once football resumes.