Mozambique National Mocambola League giants Costa Do Sol and Silver Strikers have completed a deal for the Bankers’ net-buster Matthews Sibale who is expected to replace Portugal-bound Flames striker Richard Mbulu.
In the deal, Sibale will join Costa do Sol in January at a $17 000 (about K12 343 635) transfer fee.
Both the Maputo-based club and the Airtel Top 8 champions said yesterday.
Silver general secretary Thabo Chakaka-Nyirenda said according the two clubs’ agreement, the player will join the Mozambican side in January.
“They want the player in January, but they wanted the deal sealed now. We have sealed the deal today [Wednesday] and they have paid in full,” he said.
But Chakaka-Nyirenda said the agreement allows Silver to use the player until January.
“There is also an agreement that we can use the player when the Mozambique League is off season, like what Arsenal did with Thierry Henry when the Major Soccer League in the US was on winter break,” said Chakaka-Nyirenda.
Sibale is the current TNM Super League current joint top goal scorer with Blue Eagles’ Mphatso Phillimon.
“We will definitely miss him. But we had to balance between the interest of player and the club. The overriding interest is that of the player. We can’t block him from joining the team if it would improve his welfare,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sibale is expected to replace his compatriot Mbulu who is set to join a Portuguese club.
Mbulu’s manager David Gulaimfa said the player’s move to Portugal was almost through.
“It was part of the agreement that he would move to Europe after playing for Costa do Sol for a season,” he said.
Costa do Sol snatched Mbulu from Mafco after the player won the 2016 TNM Super League and the Presidential Cup Golden Boot awards.
Clube de Desportos da Costa do Sol, commonly known as Costa do Sol, was founded in 1955 and won its first Mozambican league in 1975.