By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
TNM Super League giants Silver Strikers and Be Forward Wanderers are fighting for the signatures of Masters Security defender Eric Etsigah and Civil Sporting Club striker Raphael Phiri.
The two teams want to bolster their squads during the break. Inside sources at both clubs confided in The Daily Times that the two players are on their priority lists in the mid-season transfer window.
But when contacted Sunday, Wanderers Chairperson Gift Mkandawire could not disclose identities of their targets.
“All I can say is that we will beef up our squad with two players before the start of the second round. We will meet the technical panel within the week so that we know which players to sign. We know that we have a good squad but there should be some players on standby in case of injuries and suspensions,” Mkandawire said.
Silver General Secretary, Lawrence Yobe, did not pick his mobile phone to comment on the matter. The Central Bankers were on the verge of signing Phiri before the start of the season but the deal flopped.
Civil General Secretary, Ronald Chiwaula, confirmed that the two clubs had shown interest in signing the striker.
“We have not received formal enquiries from either club but I can confirm that they have asked about Phiri on the phone,” Chiwaula said.
He, however, said they would be reluctant to let Phiri go as they need his services in the second round.
Before the start of the season, Civil pegged Phiri at K10 million.
Etsigah, a reliable defender for Masters, is versatile and can play as defending midfielder whereas Phiri can play in all positions upfront besides scoring regularly.
The Ghanaian is one of the most consistent players in the TNM Super League whereas Phiri, despite being plagued by injuries, remains a top striker for Civil.