Former Mighty Mukuru Wanderers top goal scorer for the 2022 football season, Muhammad Sulumba has not made the cut for the new season as his performance did not meet the technical team’s expectation.
Sulumba, who bagged 15 goals is among the 10 players that have been let go by the club. The others are Bongani Kaipa, Francis Mlimbika, Pilirani Mapila, Aubrey Maloya, Ted Sumani, Adeleke Kolawole, Joseph Balakasi, Ephraim kondowe and Lloyd Mugala.
Apart from the 15 goals, Sulumba proved valuable to the team's campaigns as he also had two assists while Vincent Nyangulu and Chiukepo Msowoya come second and third respectively with 6 and 5 goals.
Interestingly the two; Nyangulu and Msowoya did not face the chop and are part of the 2023 season which has seen supporters questioning what performance critera was being used.
Chancy Gondwe, Chief of Commercialisation and Secretary to the club’s board, said Sulumba signed a performance-based contract while that of the others was based on age.
Based on his performance, the team's technical panel recommended he should not be part of its plans.
"We are not done yet. We expect to bring on board one big fish. Our target is to build a strong squad that other teams will be scared to play against.
“We want to have a manageable squad of 25 players,” Gondwe said
A number of the clubs’ supporters have expressed disappointment with the decision to let go of Sulumba saying there is politics involved.
Charles Zatuwa Kamanga said: “The expelling of Sulumba is not based on performance. Wanderers should just tell the nation exact reason behind his being expelled.
"To me it sounds like ageism and envy contribute a lot not performance. How on earth this second top goal scorer in the league expelled from the team?"
Noel Xandiel giving his two cents said: “I believe Sulumba is a good player, he performed best in this club because he was the top goal scorer in the club, they should just say something else, with this system in Malawi we cannot promote football, I see hatred towards Sulumba.”
Vincent Bankam questioned: “Nyangulu with 6 goals met the requirements? Anyway, bola ngat ku Civo kuja sanatukwane pochoka (let's just hope he'll be welcome back at Civo)” while Sydney Kangulu was blunt saying: “If Sulumba failed to meet the requirements so too did Chukepo.”
Sulumba returned back in the country after undergoing trials in Vietnam.