Silver Strikers have turned down Mighty Wanderers’ request to sign star forward Tony Chitsulo on loan and instead, the Bankers are demanding a K2.5 million (about $5 952) transfer fee.
The move is likely to be viewed as retaliation to the Nomads’ move to block their key defender Francis Mulimbika from joining the Bankers.
Silver chairperson Dr. McDonald Mafuta-Mwale yesterday confirmed rejecting Nomads’ loan request.
“We have written them to the effect that there is no option for a loan and if anything, they have to buy him outright and we are waiting for their response,” said Mafuta-Mwale.
Asked if the move is in retaliation to Mulimbika’s issue, Mafuta-Mwale said: “Yes, it can be that, but that is our position.”
The development is in contrast to what Nomads general secretary David Kanyenda said in the morning that Chitsulo will be available for selection in Saturday’s Super League derby against Big Bullets.
“In fact, we would have used him in our opening game against Epac, but we could not as a precautionary measure because there were nitty-gritty to finalise. But he will definitely be available for selection on Saturday,” said Kanyenda.
As of on Thursday, the Nomads were also reported to be pushing for Civo United defender Pilirani Makupe’s clearance.