Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets have reportedly sealed a deal with Civo United to sign central defenders John Lanjesi and Emmanuel Zoya following the transfer of former Blantyre United forward Muhammad Sulumba last week.
Bullets had been in contact with Civo United to get the sturdy sweepers that were pegged at K4 million each.
Bullets’ vice-secretary, Kelvin Moyo, confirmed that the club’s chairperson Sam Chilunga travelled to Lilongwe to finalise talks with the Standard Bank Cup champions on Thursday.
Moyo said Bullets’ executive committee would meet to be briefed about the deal which has reportedly been sealed.
He said the players had been offered three-year contracts, likewise Sulumba, and they would likely be unveiled this week alongside Dedza Young Soccer midfielder Amadu Makawa.
“We are waiting to get the chairperson’s report on his trip to Lilongwe, but I am pretty sure that we will unveil the new signings this week,” he said.
Moyo added that the club had long-term plans for the players hence the lengthy contracts offered.
“Normally we always want to keep the players that are in our plans. We want to keep them for a long time so that they can help us achieve our goals that include returning to Caf Champions League where we want to compete favourably,” he said.
Civo United general secretary Charles Mwenda’s phone went unanswered on several occasions yesterday afternoon as The Sunday Times tried to get details about the deal.
The signing in of both Lanjesi and Zoya brings a lot of competition to the Bullets defence with Chikumbutso Kanyenda, Pilirani Zonda, Miracle Gabeya, Bashir Maunde, Sankhani Mkandawire and Yamikani Fodya waiting in the wings.
Bullets are also currently assessing former Caps United defender George Nyirenda for a possible return to the team.