Giants Mighty Wanderers have set the tone on the transfer market after opening talks with offloaded Nyasa Big Bullets striker Chiukepo Msowoya to bolster their squad ahead of next season.
The development comes after Wanderers forward Peter Wadabwa announced his retirement Wednesday.
Both Wanderers Secretary of the Board Humphreys Mvula and Chiukepo confirmed that discussions were at an advanced stage and the deal could be completed by this weekend.
The former Bullets striker confirmed having met Mvula in Blantyre on Tuesday, when the two had a lengthy talk.
“I might play for Wanderers next season. The talks are ongoing. Probably by end of the week we might finalise the deal,” he said.
Chiukepo said he was still lethal and ready to prove his critics wrong.
“I want to continue playing football and prove some critics that I am still prolific into the box. I still have the energy and enthusiasm to play for the next few years at the top level. I can guarantee you that, come next season, you will see the top number nine you knew in the Super League,” he said.
Mvula was reluctant to shed more light on the issue.
“I met him not from the point of Wanderers Board but in my own capacity as Humphreys Mvula. I admire Chiukepo and still believe he has some good years at the top level as a player. Anyway, we had a good chat. We will conclude [discussions] this weekend,” Mvula said.
If the move is completed, Chiukepo could follow the footsteps of his elder brothers Matembo and late Isaac, who played for the Nomads.
Chiukepo reportedly snubbed both Bullets and Wanderers to sign for defunct Escom United. He has played in South Africa’s DStv Premiership with different clubs including Orlando Pirates. He also had stints in Mozambique.
Chiukepo could prove to be a hit at Wanderers following his axing at Bullets alongside Sankhani Mkandawire, Zicco Mkanda, Bright Munthali, Nelson Kangunje, Dalitso Sailesi, Chimango Munthali and Pilirani Zonda.
He fell down the pecking order at Bullets following the arrival of Babatunde Adepoju, who dumped Wanderers following the expiry of his contract.
Meanwhile, Wanderers acting Supporters Chairperson Dines Chitsulo has said the team needs new blood as some players are aging while others might need competition to deliver.
“This year’s TNM Super League will be very tough looking at how other teams have beefed up their squads. We need to add new players if we are to compete against other big clubs like Bullets and Silver Strikers,” he said.
This season, Wanderers have lost midfielder Rafiq Namwera to South Africa’s National Division side Black Leopards while striker Vincent Nyangulu is on the verge of joining a Mozambican club.
Youthful attacker Misheck Botomani is the only recognised striker at the club following Wadabwa’s retirement.
Wadabwa said he had retired to concentrate on his transportation business.
“I think I have done my part. After playing for 17 years, it is time to give others a chance. I was planning to play on but the body is not willing,” said Wadabwa, who has had stints in Mozambique and South Africa.
The former Silver Strikers forward also played for the Flames and defunct Escom United.
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