Lucky seems to have eluded Malawi national football team defender, Lucky Malata, as his efforts to return to Silver Strikers have hit a blank wall.
This means Malata’s hunt for a new club will continue after his release at Be Forward Wanderers.
Silver have also shut the door on Blessings Tembo who was hoping to rejoin after playing for rivals Civo United for two seasons.
The Central Bankers’ Board of Trustees Chairperson, Victor Madhlopa, said the technical panel has indicated that the returning players’ services are no longer required.
Madhlopa said the Dan Kabwe-led panel wants to keep faith in young players.
“Indeed they were some players who wanted to return to the club but the technical panel is not impressed. So I can confirm here that we are not signing our former players,” he said.
Malata blamed the failure on individuals at the club who have scores to settle with him.
“Blessings and I did not report for training on Tuesday after we got reports that some people do not want us back at the club. But I know of many stakeholders in the team who want us to return. We are just waiting to see what happens next,” Malata said.
Silver supporters committee Chairperson Kingsley Malaya said there is a section of fans that does not want the players back, saying they unceremoniously left when the team need them most.
“What I know is that the players’ return has been dismissed. Our seniors have taken a position on the matter and I also know of several supporters who do not want the return of our former players.
“As supporters’ chairperson, I have to come to terms with the fact that Silver is now a company with people who make final decisions. We should all learn to accept such decisions for the sake of the team,” Malaya said.
Malata moved to Wanderers in 2016 after Silver failed to meet his K5 million signing-on fee demand while Tembo also dumped the Area 47 side the following year for the Nomads but did not play due to contractual issues.
He later joined Civo on a two-year deal.
Reports from the Silver camp indicate that striker Matthews Sibale has also been rejected after returning from Mozambique with goalkeeper Charles Swini.
The Central Bankers recently released 17 players as they aim at building a team capable of dominating the 2020 season.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.