Flames goalkeeper Simplex Nthala has reluctantly accepted a loan move from Liga Desportiva Maculmana de Maputo (LDMM) to modest Ferroviaro de Nampula.
In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Nthala confirmed he would spend the rest of the campaign at Nampula who also have Malawians Robson Banda, Vincent Chinthenga and Rafiq Mussa.
Maculmana released Nthala due to restrictions on the quota for foreign players to just five per team and a maximum of three can feature in a match. Two of three Maculmana goalkeepers were foreigners, including a Brazilian, hence, the club sacrificed Nthala.
“The challenge is that three of the foreigners Zicco Mkanda, Joseph Kamwendo and a Zimbabwean are regulars. They felt it was not on to have two foreign goalkeepers with one on the bench,” he explained.
The former Mighty Wanderers custodian was puzzled that upon his expiry of a loan spell at Vilankulo FC last season, Maculama recalled him and extended his contract despite being aware of the rules.
“Some teams wanted me, but my hands are tied. I have a three-year contract with Maculmana. It was not my decision to come here [Nampula]. I had no choice really,” said Nthala, who featured in Maculmana’s 2-2 draw with Gaborone United in a CAF Confederations Cup match a fortnight ago.
In South Africa, Soccer Laduma reports that Platinum Stars are set to offer star midfielder Robert Ng’ambi a new deal when the current two-year contract ends in June. The player’s agent, Tim Sukazi, confirmed the news.
“They want to renew Ng’ambi’s contract. They are expected to make a proposal and we’ll take it from there,” Sukazi is quoted on www.soccerladuma.co.za