As desperation takes its toll on misfiring Nyasa Big Bullets, their former hitman Chiukepo Msowoya is back on loan, courtesy of their sponsors Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC).
The forward was unveiled during a press conference held yesterday in Blantyre.
Chiukepo arrived in the country on Wednesday following the expiry of his six-month deal with South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Golden Arrows who have decided not to extend his contract.
NMC board chairperson Konrad Buckle said the player has signed a two-year contract with the cigarette manufacturing company but has been loaned to the People’s Team which could not afford to sign the player due to financial constraints.
“As sponsors, we have been watching games this season to identify reasons of the problems that the team is going through and we found that we were lacking firepower upfront.
“So, out of our own initiative we have brought in one of our ex-strikers to see if we can address that problem.
“That means we will be responsible for all the player’s perks. Bullets will not pay anything. Our expectation is that his registration process will be done as soon as possible so that he can start scoring the much-needed goals,” he said.
Buckle also brushed off suggestions that the sponsor’s move could create divisions among the players on the basis that he will be the only player on the sponsor’s payroll.
On his part, Chiukepo said he is happy to be back and thanked NMC for taking him on board.
“I also want to thank the supporters committee chairperson [Stone Mwamadi] and assure them that I will deliver.
“I know there are some players who love me and some who don’t, but the most important thing is that they have accepted me back into the fold,” he said.
He further confirmed that Arrows have released him “because they want to sign an attacking midfielder”.
Mwamadi also thanked the sponsors for bringing Chiukepo back, saying he was the missing link.n