BY: Patrick Lunda
Former Mighty Be Forward Wanderers striker Muhammed Sulumba’s decision to switch from Mighty Be Forward Wanderers to their archrivals Nyasa Bullets FC was made for economic reasons, The Malawi Star can reveal.
Sulumba opted out of the Blues after being unveiled on 1st February during the official signing ceremony of Nyasa Manufacturing K500 million sponsorship in Blantyre.
But the burly forward, who was loaned to Wanderers from Blantyre United, said he was considering his future.
“Football is a short term career. I am looking at my future,” Sulumba, said, without elaborating.
Sulumba, who has been in the limelight in the past two weeks after his decision to cross the floor, is reported to have been enticed by Bullets remuneration package offered by the sponsors.
Bullets Vice-General Secretary Kelvin Moyo, who has been instrumental in brokering the deal, said Sulumba was offered a mouth-watering offer.
“We gave him a good offer and I am sure he accepted it after comparing it with that of Wanderers,” said Moyo.
“I would have been surprised if he had turned it.”
The move made Wanderers Trustees Chairman Rashid Gaffar to swallow his pride when he assured the Lali Lubani fans that the player was going nowhere.
Gaffar; swallowing the pride
Gaffar, a Member of Parliament and business tycoon, is reported to have dangled a carrot in form of a car to persuade the player to stay put.
But this did not move the player, who signed a three-year contract at Bullets, barely a few days after denying that he was offered a car.
Meanwhile local paper reported that Wanderers have cancelled trials the player was expected to undergo in Denmark in March.
General Secretary told the paper that the trials were earmarked to benefit Wanderers players and it would have been difficult to involve him now that he is no longer with the team.