His deal at the then South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit Jomo Cosmos might have fallen through, so did the Danish trials.
But the gods of football seem to have finally smiled on Nyasa Big Bullets burly forward Muhammad Sulumba who has made the grade at another PSL side Polokwane City.
The club’s owner Johnny Mogaladi and veteran forward Esau Kanyenda—who facilitated the move alongside Bullets former chairperson Samuel Chilunga—confirmed in separate telephone interviews yesterday.
Said Mogaladi: “We are just trying to contact his team so that we can finalise the transfer process; otherwise, yes, we are offering him a deal following Kanyenda’s recommendation.
“He is the kind of striker we needed, sort of a fighter and we hope we can agree on the terms with both him and his club.”
On his part, Kanyenda said: “I am just happy with the contribution I have made in helping Sulumba clinch the deal. I would like to thank my boss Mr. Mogaladi for his faith in me as well as Sulumba.
“The ball is now in his [Sulumba’s] court to make an impression and live up to the expectations which I am sure he is capable of.”
Sulumba could not be reached for comment yesterday.
However, Bullets interim general secretary (GS) Kelvin Moyo said they were yet to be contacted by Polokwane.
“But we are happy for him and once we get the communication from Polokwane, our [interim] chairperson [Noel Lipipa] will get in touch with the predecessor [Chilunga] to find out if there were any terms that were agreed and then take it up from there. As of now all we can do is wait,” he said.
Should the deal be successfully sealed, Sulumba will join six other Malawians—Kanyenda (Polokwane), Limbikani Mzava (Golden Arrows), Robert Ng’ambi (Platinum Stars), Gerald Phiri Jnr, Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango and Robin Ngalande (Bidvest Wits) and Atusaye Nyondo (Bloemfontein Celtic)—who play in the South African top league while Micium Mhone turns out for relegated National First Division (NFD) side Jomo Cosmos.
In July last year, Sulumba signed a three-year contract at Cosmos but was cancelled just after a month due to what Cosmos described as complications surrounding foreign quota.
Sulumba, alongside Ted Sumani, Peter Nselema and Isaac Kaliati, was also expected to attend trials at Denmark’s second division side Herfølge Boldklub between March and April, but the trials were shelved indefinitely.
The Danish club’s coach Lars Jensen identified the four during his sojourn in the country earlier this year when he concentrated much on watching Wanderers’ TNM Super League matches and training sessions. n