Big Bullets will know this week whether they have retained their international defender George Nyirenda who has delayed signing a three-year contract.
Nyirenda is the only Bullets player yet to sign a contract whereas veteran striker Heston Munthali, Welani Nyirenda, Blessings Kawanga and Keston Kasonda will be loaned out, said Bullets general secretary Harold Fote.
“This week, I might return to the field of play once we conclude the talks. It is true that the rest have signed, but everyone minds their contracts. There are one or two things I need to agree with Bullets management before putting pen to paper,” Nyirenda explained.
Nyirenda and left-back Douglas Chirambo are the only Bullets players who get national team call-up, a development former coach Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan described as a reflection of the team’s plummeting fortunes.
The dreadlocked Nyirenda, who did not make the Bullets trip to Mzuzu, has been called up to the Flames squad to face Tanzania in an away warm-up match.
Fote yesterday confirmed that Nyirenda had played hide-and-seek on penning the contract extension to his expired one-year deal.
“George [Nyirenda] is still our player, only that he did not sign a contract. He did not come on the day others signed their contracts. He is yet to meet us and I do not think he has signed for another team. As for the other players, we want to loan them out. We do not want to let them go for free,” said Fote.
Players can negotiate with other teams six months before expiry of their contracts, according to Fifa regulations which render Nyirenda a free agent now.