Nyasa Big Bullets’ defender, Miracle Gabeya is coming home after both trials at South Africa Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) sides hit a snag.
Gabeya failed first trials at Kaizer Chiefs last week before relocating to Highlands Park which has been collapsed again after two teams disagreed on a transfer fee.
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.”
The international transfer window closed on Tuesday night, and Gabeya cannot sign for the PSL rookies so coming home is only remain option.