After snubbing advances from TNM Super League big teams, Under-23 and Griffin Young Stars striker Peter Banda is set to join Nyasa Big Bullets.
Banda, through his manager-cum uncle Griffin Saenda Jnr, has for the past two years snubbed offers from local football heavyweights, the big three, Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers, saying he would only be ready for the big stage after completing his secondary school education last year.
Bullets administration director Albert Chigoga on Saturday said they were finalising the deal with the former Bullets midfielder the late Chikondi ‘Doctor’ Banda’s son.
He said the move could lead to diminutive forward Mussa Manyenje being released to pave the way for the 18-year-old youngster.
“Basically, we have agreed on the terms. Everything being equal, we should conclude his deal in the next few days.
“However, there is a strong possibility that under such circumstances, Manyenje, whose contract is due for expiry, could be released,” he said.
Chigoga said they are just waiting for a confirmation from the coaching panel.
“Management agreed that we should have a squad of 29 players for the 2019 season and when we conclude Banda’s deal, it means we will have to release one player.
“And for now, indications are that we might not extend Manyenje’s contract,” said the Bullets official.
But while confirming the talks with the People’s Team, Saenda said his nephew is open to other offers.
“The boy will join a team that will suit our interests for the good of his career. Of course, there is a lot being said, but we will make our stand after the Under-23 [2020 Olympics] qualifiers against Zambia,” he said.
Ironically, Silver are also reportedly chasing the player’s signature.
Flames coach Ronny van Geneugden (RVG) said it is time for the player to get the feel of the top-flight league.
“I think he is now mature and ready for the big stage. He needs to grow mentally and he can only do that by playing in the top league,” he said.
Last year, Banda had unsuccessful trials at Club Brugge in Belgium, Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates in South Africa.
“One of the reasons Club Brugge couldn’t sign him was because he did not have experience playing top-level football,” RVG said.