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Wanderers risk losing trio

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Gomezgani Zakazaka

Mighty Wanderers risk losing three key players for free at the end of the season.

The three are midfielder Rafick Namwera, defender Peter Cholopi and goalkeeper William Thole whose contracts are expected to expire by December 31, 2021.

This comes just a day after Nomads lost Nigerian striker Babatunde Adepoju for free to rivals Nyasa Big Bullets, who signed a three-year deal.

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However, Nomads Chairperson Chancy Gondwe insisted discussions with the players were underway.

“We are doing our best to extend the contracts of some of the players. There are several factors that will determine the outcome of our discussions. It will depend if both parties agree,” he added.

Nigerian defender Yinusa Sheriff, who signed a one-year deal, is also expected to be free agent at the end of the season if Nomads do not tie him to a new deal.

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Football Players Association president Jimmy Zakazaka advised players to negotiate contracts in good time.

“We always encourage players to have managers so that they should handle contract negotiations on their behalf,” he said.

Veteran sports journalist Frank Kandu said the Nomads should exercise caution.

“Wanderers are a big club but they have been careless on the way they handle transfers. Big clubs keep hold of their best players so if they are not careful there might be more departures at the end of the season,” Kandu said.

The Nomads have been struggling financially after Japanese Car dealers Be Forward Limited did not renew the contract in December last year.

However, Wanderers are on the verge of securing sponsorship with Salima Sugar Company Limited.

Reports indicate that the company offered K60 million but the Nomads are negotiating for an improved deal.

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