The Super League is assured of foreign touch in the forthcoming season as Mighty Be Forward Wanderers have finally agreed terms with Cameroonian striker Lionel Asu while Silver Strikers have also completed the signing of Ghanaian Samuel Siaw.
Prince Jere of Touchline Sports Management Agency and Nomads general secretary Mike Butao confirmed in separate interviews that Asu’s deal was completed last Friday.
“It is a done deal. Asu signed a one-year contract on Friday and apart from a monthly salary and game bonus, he will also be entitled to a monthly house allowance,” said Jere.
While Butao said: “We had good discussions with Asu and we are now very comfortable with the agreements. Asu is a great professional. He just needed to appreciate the Malawi environment in terms of what is possible and what is not, once we passed that bridge everything was smooth.”
But both Butao and Jere could not be drawn to disclose the revised terms.
Initially, Asu was demanding a K4.5 million signing on fee and a K1 million monthly salary.
Silver’s GS Mike Tembo also confirmed completing Siaw’s transfer deal from D ‘International of Ghana at $3 500 (about K1.5 million).
However, two other West Africans—Nigerian Olashipe James Tolulope and Cameroonian Ala Ochino—who were on trials at Wanderers and Big Bullets respectively, have reportedly failed to make the grade.
“[Olashipe] James is not in our plans,” said Butao contradicting the agent who claimed that the Nigerian is now trying his luck at Azam Tigers because the Nomads could not afford to sign two foreigners.
Jere also contradicted Bullets technical director Billy Tewesa on Ochino.
“Ochino flew to Cape Town where he has been offered an outright contract by second-tier league side FC Cape Town as Bullets’ future appear uncertain due to infighting, but there is another defender Adeyemo Kayode [a Nigeria] who might join them, “ said Jere.
But Tewesa said: “He [Ochino] is not any better than the players we have.”
The last West African to have played in the Super League was Ghanaian goalkeeper Thom Aido who starred for the Nomads in the 1990s.