Moldova-based winger Peter Banda has been offered a tempting offer by Tanzanian top league side Simba SC which is reportedly five times what he is getting at Sheriff Tiraspol.
A source said the Dar es Salaam-based side was impressed with the 20-year-old’s performance during the recent international friendly match between Tanzania’s Taifa Stars and the Flames in which his sheer quality shone like a flare..
The Flames winger’s six-month loan deal with Tiraspol expires at the end of this month, but the Moldovan outfit has already approached Bullets for a permanent deal.
Said the source: “Simba SC approached the player and made a salary offer in the excess of $5 000 [about K4.09 million] which is almost five times what he is getting in Moldova.
“Initially Simba made enquiries on Peter and [Scotland based left-back] Kieran Ngwenya, but retreated on Ngwenya upon learning that he plays for a Scottish Premier League club.
“Peter was immediately swayed by the offer during the preliminary discussions and Simba have since approached Bullets ahead of the player’s loan deal expiry through their CEO [chief executive officer] Barbara Gonzalez and are awaiting a response.”
The source also said Banda has been offered a signing-on fee of about $30 000 (about K24.6 million) annually for a three-year period.
Banda could not be reached for comment yesterday while Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga asked for “more time to consult”.
Football analyst George Kaudza Masina said while Moldova could be a stepping stone for better deals for the player, the Simba offer “could be too tempting for the player to reject”.
“After all, Simba are also regular participants in continental tournaments which could provide him a platform for better deals overseas. So, if it is true, then Peter finds himself in a tricky situation and that is where players need top-class managers for good advice,” he said.
Simba are owned by billionaire business tycoon Mohammed Dewji.