Nyasa Big Bullets’ defender, Miracle Gabeya’s potential transfer to South Africa Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) side, Highlands Park, has collapsed after the two teams disagreed on a transfer fee.
Gabeya, who failed trials at Kaizer Chiefs last week before relocating to Highlands, could be on his way back home. The international transfer window closed on Tuesday night, hence Gabeya cannot sign for the PSL rookies.
Highlands had offered Gabeya a two-year contract.
Bullets’ officials were yesterday elusive when contacted for a comment.
Someone, who was acting as the player’s go-between, did not come out clearly on how much money they were to pay Bullets.
Unconfirmed reports suggested that former Flames captain Patrick Mabedi facilitated Gabeya’s trials at Chiefs.
According to Bullets’ Finance Committee Chairperson, Fleetwood Haiya, Highlands made four offers to the Blantyre giants.
Haiya said their counterparts started with an offer of R50,000 (K2.6 million) then R100,000 (K5.3 million) before making it R200,000 (K10.6 million).
“We tried to reason with Gabeya’s agent about the price. Looking at the offers, we said no. At least, they should have improved the offer,” Haiya said.
“We spent hours at Football Association of Malawi (Fam) offices waiting for them so that we could clear the player. It was at that time when we received a document indicating that Gabeya’s transfer fee was $35, 000 (K27 million), so we said ‘something was wrong, let us cancel the deal.”
Fam Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, said he could not issue the electronic clearance for Gabeya without Bullets’ consent.
Jangale said it was worrisome that players were struggling to play for foreign teams due to suspicious middlemen.
“It is high time our players started following procedures when going for trials. Some of those who facilitate their deals do not want the players’ parent teams to benefit. In the end, it is individuals who gain more than clubs,” he explained.
“We knew that Gabeya moved from Chiefs to Highlands last week, so why delay to finalise the deal on the final day and send the documents during late hours? This should be an eye-opener to our players when seeking greener pasture.”
Last year, Bullets also failed to clear their striker, Muhammad Sulumba, to Polokwane City of South Africa due to similar reasons.