Nthala on Wednesday confirmed falling out with Maculmana, saying he is on the verge of joining another Mozambican First League side Vilankulo or Vilanculos.
MaculmanaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chairperson Rafiq Seedat also confirmed in a telephone interview that Nthala is on his way to Vilankulo FC.
Nthala said he is still contracted to Maculmana, but the two teams are currently talking.
“Maculmana let me down big time. I believe they are the reason my move to Santos has not materialised because they were dragging their feet.
“I have information that the two teams signed an agreement that I would join Santos in the current transfer window, but it appears there are some terms which they failed to agree and as a result Santos were put off,” he said.
Nthala said he will be joining the Mozambican side, which is in Johannesburg, South Africa, for pre-season training, on Monday.
“It is a small, but very ambitious club. They have been chasing my signature since last year and I am happy to join them,” he said.
The national soccer team goalminder also said he has not completely lost hope on moving to South Africa.
But Seedat on Wednesday denied to shoulder the blame for NthalaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s failure to move to Santos.
“Of course, Santos expressed interest to sign him, but they have been quiet. We are not to blame. But I can confirm that Simplex is moving to another team,” he said.
Flames coach Kinnah Phiri said the move might affect Nthala as he was on the rise.
“The frustration coupled with joining a smaller team might affect his performance. It is unfortunate that the move to Santos fell through because it would have been good for both him and the national team as well,” Kinnah said.
Apart from Nthala, Flames burly forward Chiukepo Msowoya also had a stint with Maculmana.
Nthala played for Mighty Wanderers before he moved to Maculmana on a three year deal. He recently displaced Swadick Sanudi as the national team first choice goalkeeper after a string of impressive performances.
On the local scene, Nthala also won the goalkeeper of the TNM Super League season for 2008/09.