Stalemate: Sambani, Kajoke reluctant to extend contracts
Nyasa Big Bullets risk losing defender Precious Sambani and striker Hassan Kajoke for free if they do not sign contract extensions in the next four months.
The two Malawi national football team players are reportedly reluctant to sign contract extensions at the People’s Team as they hope to sign for foreign clubs.
Sambani has one year remaining on his contract whereas Kajoke was signed as a semi-senior after earning promotion from Bullets Reserve.
An inside source at the TNM Super League champions confirmed that both players were reluctant to sign new deals.
According to the source, Sambani is unhappy with how Bullets handled a potential move to South African club TS Sporting in January.
The former Namiwawa FC defender was on Sporting’s radar and the club wanted to assess him but he failed to travel.
“The South African club wanted to assess him but it seems Bullets were not interested and did not release him,” the source said.
Sambani yesterday refused to comment on the matter.
But Bullets Chief Administrator, Albert Chigoga, said negotiations with both players were underway.
Chigoga said the club was determined to improve their contracts and keep them.
“Both Sambani and Kajoke have running contracts with Bullets and we have already started discussions with Kajoke to improve his deal and probably offer him some years. Actually, we have more players we are negotiating with to extend their contracts,” Chigoga said.
Sambani and Kajoke were earmarked for trials in Ukraine early this year but the move flopped due to visa hitches.
Kajoke claimed he had no contract with Bullets.
“I am discussing with Bullets. I would have given you more details but I am tied up for now,” he said in a brief interview yesterday before hanging up.
Sambani joined Bullets on a two-year deal from Namiwawa FC having spent a season on loan at rivals Be Forward Wanderers.
Kajoke scored 17 goals in the TNM Super League in his debut season, finishing second to Golden Boot winner Khuda Muyaba, formerly of Silver Strikers, who netted 21 goals.