The rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers are in tight race to sign Silver Strikers’ winger, Thuso Paipi.
Paipi who went to silvers for loan from Wizards FC has pulled attention from these big teams as his skills on pitch do steal eyes from every soccer lover.
Winger’s former team Technical Director, Peter Mponda, on Sunday confirmed that Silver, Wanderers and Bullets are interested in signing Paipi.
“Bullets, Wanderers and Silver have each put K3 million on the table for the player, but we will give Silver the first option. Silver paid us K500,000 as a loan fee for a year with a pre-condition that we can recall him any time and refund them.
“It is a pity that some Bullets officials want to give people an impression that we have rejected money from them. Let us negotiate first. The player will go to a club that will offer Paipi a better signing-on fee, monthly upkeep and rentals,” said Mponda.
Wizards signed Paipi from lower league side, Black Stars, in 2013. Mponda had fond memories of a down-to-earth boy who was willing to even pay for his own bus fares for him to learn football at the then Surestream Academy in Blantyre.
While Silver General Secretary, Thabo Nyirenda, on Sunday said they were determined to hold on to Paipi, whose displays have since earned him a national team call-up.
“It would not make football sense to let him go. The other teams are merely chasing shadows. Paipi knows that there is no in-form player who leaves Silver to sign for another local team. Paipi also knows that a rolling stone gathers no moss,” Nyirenda said.