Azam Tigers have softened up their tough stance on Mighty Be Forward Wanderers by reaching an agreement on two Under-20 international players—Stanely Sanudi and Isaac Kaliati.
Tigers turned down the Nomads’ initial offer for the two players because of outstanding transfer fee balances for three other players; namely, Mike Kaziputa, Kondwani Lufeyo and Kondwani Kumwenda.
Tigers chairperson Sydney Chikoti yesterday confirmed Wanderers general secretary Mike Butao’s claims that the two teams had finally reached an agreement.
However, Chikoti was quick to point out that there were conditions attached.
“Technically yes, I can confirm that we are almost there. You know where we are coming from as regards transfer issues with Wanderers, so there is a lot of discomfort within our executive because of the manner in which they have traded with us in the past.
“So, we have put it to them that we want a very specific agreement which we would want Super League of Malawi [Sulom] and the Football Association of Malawi [FAM] to be witnesses to the effect that the payment [for all the five players] should be concluded by June,” said Chikoti.
While Chikoti was elusive on the agreed transfer fee, The Nation has established that the two teams have settled for K12 million to be paid in instalments, failing which all the five players will revert to Tigers.
“We are currently working on a draft agreement, but we have allowed the players to start training with Wanderers. So, there will be no issue of tapping,” said Chikoti.
In a related development, the Nomads have also signed Civo United blossoming midfielder Jabulani Linje for two years.
The signing ceremony took place at Wanderers Club on Wednesday in the presence of Jabulani’s brother Jimmy.
The Nomads are also chasing Civo and Flames right- back John Lanjesi. But while Civo’s coach Oscar Kaunda insists that the player has committed his future to the team, Butao said: “Lanjesi is a good defender that any team would love to have in their squad, but other than that, I have no further comment.”