Blantyre, Malawi, February 3: Malawi international defender, Miracle Gabeya prospective deal to join South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) side, Highlands Park Football Club has gone up in smoke over transfer fee. Local media reported Thursday.
The two local dailies reported that Nyasa Big Bullets officials had failed to agree with their counterparts because the broker of the deal kept changing transfer fee figures.
“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,” said Haiya.
It was at this point that Bullets officials decided to talk directly with their South African counterparts when it was established that the transfer fee that was tagged on the player was $35,000.
However the two sides failed to agree until South Africa international window was closed on January 31.
“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 we received a document indicating that Gabeya transfer fee was $35,000.So we said something was wrong. Let us cancel the deal,” added Haiya.
Malawi FA transfer matching system manager, Casper Jangale said the local FA had not acted to tie up the deal to beat the South Africa’s international transfer window because it had no blessing from the player’s local team.
Also the player left his homeland for trials with another PSL side Kaizer Chiefs without informing his club officials.
Unfortunately he was unsuccessful at Amakosi that was when he was taken by an agent to Highlands FC for another shot.
“Sometimes we need to protect the interest of our clubs. This is a player who has a contract with Bullets. He left without his club’s blessing, but the club still softened up after he was successful at Highlands Park,” said Jangale.
Jangale has since advised soccer players in Malawi to follow procedures when going for trial to foreign clubs.
Meanwhile the Gabeya himself has expressed disappointment with the turn of the events.
“Everything was in order; I passed the trials and the club offered me a two-year contract only for the transfer not to materialise,” Gabeya told a local daily.