Done deal. Mafco FC marksman Richard Mbulu and Civo United midfielder Nelson Kangunje have signed one-year deals with Mozambican top club Costa do Sol.
The duo is expected to depart for Mozambique tomorrow.
The Mozambican club’s team manager Artur Faria and the players confirmed the developments in separate interviews yesterday.
“Yes I can confirm that Richard and Nelson are our players now. They signed for our team a few months ago. We are expecting them on Wednesday,” said Faria from the club’s base in Maputo.
“I have been following Nelson for the past two years, oh yes, he is a good player. For Richard, I have been following him for a year now. He is a good striker, I am absolutely certain that they will deliver,” added Faria.
He said there is an arrangement for the players to play in Mozambique for a year then proceed to play in Portugal.
Facilitator of the deal, Venancio Patreque, also confirmed the arrangement in an interview from Mozambique but said this will depend on their performance.
“We have an agent from Portugal who is willing to take them there, but first they need to prove that they are good players. So, they will be assessed during their stint in Mozambique.”
Mafco FC chairperson Overton Ng’oma confirmed Mbulu’s imminent move, saying they had agreed to sell him at K3.5 million.
“The offer is on the lower side, it is peanuts. Can you imagine a striker of Mbulu calibre going at K3.5 million? But anyway we do not want to block the player. We have cleared him, and he is departing Wednesday,” he said.
On his part, Mbulu said he is happy with the deal.
“I have done my part in Malawi, it is now time to showcase my talent across the borders. I want to impress so that I can play in Portugal,” he said.
On the other hand, Kangunje said: “I have been waiting for this chance I cannot afford to let it go, I will prove that I am a good player.”
He also claimed that he will be a free agent soon, saying: “I refused to sign a new contract with Civo, my contract will end in April, so I am free to go and join Costa.” n