Striker Ishmael Thindwa will sign for Be Forward Wanderers permanently following the expiry of his six month-loan deal at the Nomads, his parent Zimbabwe club Caps United has disclosed.
The development comes about two months after the striker asked Caps to terminate his two-year contract for failure to pay his salary arrears, signing-on fees and game bonuses amounting to about K4 million (about $ 6 144).
Caps chairperson Twine Phiri, who is in the country to resolve the issue, said in an interview yesterday the two clubs have agreed to let the forward remain at Wanderers.
“We have a partnership with Wanderers which we signed in 2004. It was through this relationship that we let them have Ishmael permanently,” he said.
However, Phiri refused to disclose the transfer fee for the player whose contract at the Harare outfit was set to expire in December next year.
Thindwa signed from Epac for K5 million (about $ 7 680) but failed to impress at Caps, hence his joining the Lali Lubani Road outfit mid this year. He featured in a single match in which he sustained an injury that ruled him out for the rest of the season.
Recently, Epac threatened to botch any attempts by Caps to let the player sign for any club before paying K1 million (about $1 536) transfer fee balance.
Asked to comment on Epac stand, the Caps official said the balance will be paid by the Nomads.
“Though we haven’t informed Epac on the arrangement, we believe that this is the best way for all involved parties to be happy,” he said.
Wanderers chairperson George Chamangwana refused to comment on the issue and referred The Nation to general secretary Mike Butao whose phone could not be reached.
Meanwhile, Thindwa has expressed ignorance over the agreement between the two clubs.
“Mr. Phiri phoned that he is in the country to resolve my issue. However, I haven’t met him and I am surprised that they are making such arrangements without my knowledge,” he said.
The striker, twice former Super League golden boot awardee, said he would be pleased to remain at Wanderers.
“Of course, I am happy here. The club has been supportive since I got injured. All I want is information regarding my contract between the two clubs,” he said. n