Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of Nyasa Big Bullets player Azizi Mwakifuna who disappeared about a month ago.
The defending midfielder has been out of action since January this year after sustaining an ankle injury.
He was put in a plaster of Paris, which was removed recently.
However, Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga said they cannot trace the towering midfielder.
He said: “Azizi was supposed to be undergoing physiotherapy after the plaster of Paris was removed. But we don’t know where he is. We cannot trace his whereabouts and his mobile cannot be reached.”
Chigoga, who was responding to Mwakifuna’s continued absence despite recovering, said the player is still contracted to Bullets, dismissing rumours that the club abandoned him after the injury.
He said: “Azizi still has a running contract with us. He is still getting his salary and all benefits despite his injury or disappearance.
“Actually, we are worried because he is supposed to be undergoing physiotherapy and not fit to be travelling wherever he is. If anything happens to the player, we will be answerable.”
Mwakifuna joined Bullets from Karonga United in 2019 on a three-year deal after being instrumental to Ingwina’s impressive 2018 season which saw them finishing in the top eight.
He was also part of the Karonga United squad that reached the Airtel Top 8 final where they lost 1-0 to Silver Strikers.