Simba Sporting Club fans have put their weight behind Flames attacking midfielder Peter Banda, urging the team’s management to keep the youngster.
This follows reports that Simba could to listen to offers for about six players including Banda, at the end of the season.
Some of the players, who could depart Simba include Serges Pascal Wawa, Taddeo Lwanga, Dennis Kibu, Meddie Kagere, Chris Mugalu and Joash Onyango.
However, Simba fans have reacted on social media, with the majority of them backing Banda to stay at the club next season.
A Simba fan identified as George Junior said Banda is going nowhere.
“Don’t mention Banda and Kibu. Others should depart freely,” Junior said.
Another fan said: “You know that Banda and Kibu are still alive in Simba today, tomorrow and day after tomorrow.”
Banda scored two goals and provided three assists this season for Simba.
He was named Emirate Aluminium Simba fans’ player of the month for March after he defeated Senegalese Pape Sankho and Tanzania Shomari Kapombe.
However, Banda was not readily available for his comment yesterday as he was reportedly in transit to join Flames camp ahead of the two Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Ethiopia and Guinea this week.
Football consultant Kelvin Moyo said it was a tricky situation for Banda.
“It is very likely that he will stay because of fans. But if the technical panel does not want, it is better to find another club so that he should not be entangled in a political mess at the club,’’ Moyo said.
Banda joined Simba on a three-year deal from Nyasa Big Bullets after spending six months on loan at Moldovan side Tiraspol Sheriff where he scored seven goals and provided 10 assists in all competition.
Compatriot Duncan Nyoni struggled to settle at Simba and was released just after six months despite signing a three-year contract.