5 September 2016 Last updated at: 7:56 PM
Sulumba back in town
His prospective move to South African Premier Soccer League outfit Polokwane City from Nyasa Big Bullets failed to materialize as both teams failed to reach an agreement on the transfer fee thus leaving him with no choice but to remain in Blantyre with his parent club.
Bullets forward Muhammad Sulumba arrived in the country from South Africa where he was expected to start a new lease of life but the move did not go through since his club failed to clear him on the deadline day of the international transfer window last week.
He boarded a South African Airline and when he arrived at Chileka International Airport where he was welcomed by supporters Chairman Stone Mwamadi and teammate John Lanjesi, Sulumba never looked disgruntled even though he left South Africa with bitter memories.
His move failed to go through because there was a disagreement between the current Bullets executive committee and the axed Sam Chilunga committee on the whereabouts of 70,000 Rands (about K4 million) which Polokwane City is claiming to have paid the club for his transfer.
Things got worse when Bullets General Secretary Kelvin Moyo and Financial Director Fleetwood Haiya refused to clear the player by demanding for a commitment letter on when they will pay the remaining balance of ZAR130 000.
This irked the PSL side’s officials who then decided not to pick up calls from Bullets officials till the window was officially shut down at exactly 12 midnight and that’s how Sulumba failed to clinch a deal despite being offered a two and half year contract as well as the work permit by the South African government.
If all goes well, Sulumba will feature for his side on Wednesday in a league match against Premier Bet Wizards FC.
This was his second deal to fall through within a year. When he was at Mighty Wanderers, Sulumba was offered a two year deal by Jomo Cosmos only to be sent back home in the last minute due to the country’s foreign quota policy.