Big Bullets have signed experienced international custodian Swadick Sanudi for a third spell with the team.
Bullets general secretary Higger Mkandawire confirmed on Tuesday to have reunited with the former South Africaâ€™s Dynamos keeper. The Limpopo side got relegated from the second tier National First Division to Vodacom League which restricts clubs from hiring foreigners.
“We now have four goalkeepers but we cannot afford four; we need three. The ball is now in the coachesâ€™ hands to choose the three. Sanudi has signed for us with no much strings attached. He will be allowed to pursue his football interests in South Africa when there are openings,” Mkandawire said.
“We have his papers and he should be available for selection this coming weekend. The same is true with defender Sankhani Mkandawire.”
Sanudi, who initially signed for Dynamos in 2005, joins the Peopleâ€™s Team goalkeepers Owen Chaima, Vincent Gona and Kingsley Manda.
Assistant coach Gerald Phiri confirmed that the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations goalkeeper had been training with the Bullets for three weeks. He reunites with other returnees from South Africa, namely Grant Lungu, Sankhani and Fischer Kondowe.
“His fitness has improved and he brings in the team healthy competition. It will not be easy coming up with the first choice â€˜keeper. His experience will be handy for the team. He has come at the right time,” said Phiri.
Sanudi could not be reached for comment yesterday. One of the Bulletsâ€™ experienced players, James Chilapondwa, who also rejoined the squad this season from Escom, shared Phiriâ€™s observation.
“He is still the same quality goalkeeper who will, certainly, add value to the team. It is a pity that sometimes, in my opinion, South Africa football compromises careers of our quality players. I get the feeling it is high time we looked to other countries for our football exports,” Chilapondwa said.