Nyasa Bullets on Monday unveiled four new signings, including striker Muhammad Sulumba, defenders John Lanjesi and Emmanuel Zoya and goalkeeper Amadu Makawa.
The coming in of Sulumba in Bullets camp suggests that the team’s prolific forward, Chiukepo Msowoya, who finished as the TNM Super League joint-top-goal-scorer last season, might be moving to South Africa.
The Flames international left the country a week ago for RSA where he is attending trials at the Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Bloemfontein Celtic, hence the signing of Sulumba, according to speculations.
The Super League champions, Bullets, have snatched Sulumba from their traditional rivals Mighty Be Forward Wanderers, where the former Blantyre United striker was on loan.
Will Sulumba make any impact at Bullets?
A once dangerous goal scorer, Sulumba struggled to find the back of the net for the Nomads last season following his return from South Africa where he was sent back home after the PSL side Jomo Cosmos annulled his signing.
The towering forward signed for Cosmos in July alongside former Blue Eagles midfielder Micium Mhone, but returned home after Sono U-turned on the move to register him as one of Cosmos’ foreign players failed to acquire a permanent resident status in South Africa.
Cosmos settled for Mhone and instructed Blantyre United to get Sulumba on loan “until January”, hoping the club would get a slot for a foreign player. Wanderers however took him back on board, but the player did not give Nyerere the results the whole world anticipated; they finished fourth in the league.
As awaited that Cosmos might call Sulumba back to the rainbow nation, having gotten a slot for a foreign player, it was recently reported that the team’s owner and coach, Sono, had roped in another player into his squad, giving the Malawian striker no chance to retry his luck in the PSL.
Looking at his vein of form last season, will Sulumba be a good replacement for Chiukepo if the former Orlando Pirates striker passes the trials at Celtic and find his way back into the South African PSL?
Celtic’s Malawian team manager John Maduka told the media that Chiukepo will be offered a contract will he make a grade during his one-two-week assessment period.