By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA and MUKWIMA CHILALA
LUSAKA Dynamos have declared Zesco United’s signing of striker Chris Mugalu on a two-year contract null and void.
The long controversy over the transfer request to join the Ndola-based outfit seemed to have come to an end with the announcement of his signing by Zesco.
But Lusaka Dynamos technical manager Oliver Shalala said the striker had not signed any contract with any club.
early yesterday, Zesco United Football Club chief executive officer Richard Mulenga announced in a statement they champions had reached an agreement with Mugalu in July 2019 and that the player was set to don their colours this month subject to medical examinations.
“It is with great excitement that we announce the signing of Chris Mugalu on a two-year contract. Mugalu adds to a number of major signings that Zesco United has made in recent years. We are positive Mugalu will add great firepower to our striking force,” Mulenga said.
But Shalala was shocked by the announcement and said Mugalu was a Lusaka Dynamos player.
“I’m just reading about this news, and I’m not sure whether it’s official from Zesco United or not, but from our side our position is that Mugalu is not going anywhere. He remains our player and has not signed with anyone,’’ he said.
“Have you seen the player being unveiled by Zesco? Because standard practice anywhere in the world is that when a player is signed, a club unveils them. I do not want to talk much about Zesco, but all I can say is that Mugalu still has a running contract with us and he is not going anywhere,” Shalala insisted.
Mugalu’s transfer request out of Dynamos has in the last two seasons been a subject of controversy with the club holding on to the player saying he still has a running contract with them.
Meanwhile, Kenyan international striker Jesse Were has extended his stay at Zesco for two more years.
“We are delighted to announce that Jesse Were has extended his stay with us for the next two years. Were has been a key part of this football club’s success. We are extremely delighted that he has made the right decision to be with us for the next two more years,” Mulenga said. The club could however not keep Kenyan international midfielder Anthony Akumu who is tipped to make a move to South Africa.
“It is with deep regret that we announce the departure of Kenyan midfielder, Anthony Akumu. The club made a lot of effort to extend Akumu’s contract. Unfortunately, the two parties could not reach an agreement,” Mulenga said.