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Wanderers, Masters start talks on Juma Yatina

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Be Forward Wanderers have started talks with relegated Masters Security FC on the possibility of signing striker Juma Yatina ahead of the new season.

Yatina started training with Wanderers last week and made his debut during the Energem International Bonanza match against Chicken Inn of Zimbabwe at Kamuzu Stadium on Friday.

Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde, said discussions were at an advanced stage.

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“We are still discussing with Masters and we hope to conclude our discussions within the week. According to the coaches, they are impressed with his work rate in training,” Maunde said.

Yatina was part of the Malawi under-23 national football team which travelled to Belgium last year for training under former Flames coach Ronny van Geneugden.

Masters General Secretary, Christopher Njeula, said Yatina was at Wanderers with their blessings.

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“He asked for permission before going to Blantyre and we did not want to block him. After assessing him, Wanderers have contacted us and we are discussing,” Njeula said.

If Yatina clinches a deal, he will be the fourth player to move to Wanderers from Masters in a space of two seasons after Babatunde Adepoju, Vincent Nyangulu, Francis Mkonda and Eric Atsigah.

Former Silver Strikers forward Mathews Sibale is also trying his luck at Wanderers after the expiry of his contract with Mozambique champions Costa do Sol.

He also donned Wanderers colours over the weekend during the bonanza.

However, Maunde said Sibale was still being assessed.

“Sibale will undergo a medical but he is a good player,” he said.

Before going to Mozambique, Sibale won the Golden Boot award with 16 goals in 2017 while playing for Silver. At Costa, he struggled with injuries last season but managed to score vital goals for the club to win the league.

His compatriot Chawanangwa Kawonga scored nine goals for Costa before joining TS Sporting FC of South Africa.

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