When one door closes, the other one opens, so the saying goes.
And after failing to impress at South African giants Kaizer Chiefs, Nyasa Big Bullets and Flames centreback Miracle Gabeya has made the grade at another Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit Highlands Park where he has been offered a one-year deal.
However, as of yesterday which was the deadline for transfers in the rainbow nation, the People’s Team were still waiting for Highlands to wire R100 000 [about K5.5 million] transfer fee down payment.
Bullets acting general secretary Grivin Bize-Kalozeni confirmed that they had received an offer from the South African club.
“We got a R200 000 [about K11 million] offer from Highlands Park on Monday which we accepted to be paid in two instalments.
“However, as per the agreement, we will only instruct FAM [Football Association of Malawi] to process the ICT [international transfer certificate] once the down payment is made,” said Kalozeni in an interview yesterday.
The Bullets acting GS said they were keeping their fingers crossed that Highlands would do the needful by cutoff point time so that Gabeya’s transfer should be processed.
“We wouldn’t want him to face the same predicament as that of Muhammad Sulumba when his deal fell through after Polokwane City failed to make a transfer fee down payment.
“We are happy for Miracle, he is still young and we are hopeful that this could be a stepping stone in his career.”
Former Flames coach Ernest Mtawali who promoted the player from the Under-20 national team, said he has always believed that Gabeya is a quality defender.
“He has all the absolute essentials of a classy defender and I have no doubt that he will go far with his career should he keep his cool and maintain his hard working spirit,” he said.
Should the deal materialise, Gabeya will join seven other Malawians plying their trade in the PSL.
The others are Robert Ng’ambi and Gerald Phiri Jnr (Platinum Stars), Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango (Bidvest Wits), Atusaye Nyondo (Bloemfontein Celtic), Limbikani Mzava and Chiukepo Msowoya (Golden Arrows) and Esau Kanyenda (Polokwane City). n