Wanderers risk losing key players
Be Forward Wanderers risk losing their captain, Alfred Manyozo Jnr, and four other key players following the expiry of their contracts.
The players could join other teams for free as Wanderers are yet to open discussions about renewing their contracts.
The four players who could join Manyozo in leaving the Nomads for free are Isaac Kaliati, Stanley Sanudi, Lucky Malata and Ted Sumani.
Malata is already talking to his former club Silver Strikers about returning to Area 47 while Manyozo said he would decide on his future after meeting Wanderers’ top brass.
Sanudi is reported to be on the verge of signing for a South African lower division team, with his manager, Millius ‘Jegwe’ Pofera, advising the Malawi national football team player against renewing his contract.
“Sanudi is undoubtedly one of the best defenders in Malawi and it is time he took his career to another level. There is a team which is interested in his services and we will come out clearly with more information once all processes are concluded,” Pofera said.
However, Manyozo said he was not sure as to when he would meet the club’s officials as there are plans to hold elections next month.
“It is important for our officials to move with speed on the matter so that we do not lose key members of our squad ahead of the 2020 season. I remain optimistic that the club will do the needful to keep all the players capable of winning trophies in the forthcoming season.
“I had some talk with our Team Manager [Victor Maunde] at some point and I asked him about the club’s position as regards our future. He assured me that everything will be sorted out soon. It would be hurt if the club loses these players. They are all good players who must continue playing for Wanderers,” Manyozo said.
Maunde confirmed expiry of the players’ contracts but was quick to state that they would be extended in a week’s time.
“We are aware of this development and we are doing something about it. I spared some time to meet the players and explained to them our current situation.
“From their sentiments, they understand our situation and we are positive about keeping them. These are our players and we will be more than happy to keep them,” Maunde said.
Wanderers had a season to forget in 2019 as they finished empty-handed despite boasting some of the best players on the local scene.