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Vietnamese club eyes Muhammad Sulumba, Bashir Maunde

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Vietnamese top flight club Hoang Anh Gia Lai has expressed interest in signing Mighty Mukuru Wanderers striker Muhammad Sulumba and Civil Service United defender Bashir Maunde.

The two are expected to travel to Vietnam after the end of the first round subject to Visa protocols.

Details indicate that if Sulumba and Maunde are successful, each will earn $10,000 (about K11 million) and $5,000 (about K5.5 million) per month respectively.

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In addition, they will pocket $100,000 (about K100 million) as bonus at the end of the season.

In an interview on Sunday, Maunde, 29, confirmed receiving an invitation for the trials in Vietnam.

“I feel humbled. This is an opportunity for me to play professional football abroad and I will try my best to impress the club,” Maunde said.

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Maunde has been in form for his club, Civil, this season.

However, the defender can go to Vietnam for free as he has six months left on his contract, which means he can sign a pre-contract with a club of his choice.

Civil General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula said the club would not stand in the player’s way.

“He is a good player and will go with our blessings. We believe he will advance his football career in Vietnam,” Chiwaula said.

Early this year, Civil also released defender Lawrence Chaziya to Jordan side Al Hussein Irbid FC.

On the part of Sulumba, he has been in good form for Wanderers, scoring seven goals in the TNM Super League, two goals behind leading goal-scorer Babatunde Adepoju.

Sulumba could neither confirm nor deny the reports.

Sulumba re-joined Wanderers after spells at Polokwane City, Nyasa Big Bullets and Civil.

He made his name while playing for defunct Blantyre United.

Efforts to talk to the Vietnamese club proved futile Monday.

According to internet details, Hoang are second on the log table in Vietnam League with eight points from four matches, just behind leaders Hai Pong on goal difference.

Meanwhile, in a letter from Wanderers, which Times Sport has seen, the Lali Lubani Road side has asked for clarification before releasing the player.

“Sulumba is contracted to Wanderers until February 13, 2024 and we would like to know if the trials will last for a week because we need to replace the player,” reads the letter.

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