AFRICAN Lyon are chasing the signature of Simba Sports Club's veteran striker Ulimboka Mwakingwe during the mini-registration window.
The Mbagala-based Premiership side confirmed yesterday that talks with the player are at an advanced stage and there are signs that the diminutive but aggressive winger will cross over to Lyon.
“We're making a headway. Talks are going on well between our club and Mwakingwe and also between officials of the two clubs,” Lyon's informational officer Hassan Mvula said.
He said coach Charles Boniface Mkwasa, who recently joined Lyon, has advised the club to recruit Mwakingwe because of his vast experience and ability.
“Mwakingwe is an asset. It's a pity that Simba haven't utilised him to the maximum during the first phase of the Vodacom Premier League but we feel that he will help us a lot in the second phase if we get him,” Mvula said.
Lyon, who were promoted to the premiership this season, are languishing in the relegation zone. They have managed only seven points from 11 games to stay eleventh in the 12-team elite league.
Mvula said Mkwasa wants players of Mwakingwe's calibre as he tries to mould a winning outfit and that Lyon are seriously working on the coach's recommendations.
He, however, noted that Mwakingwe's departure from Msimbazi Street depends much on the Reds coach, Zambian Patrick Phiri..
“We've talked to Simba players' registration committee but they have told us that Phiri has the final decision,” Mvula said. “We're eagerly waiting for the response.”
He said Lyon are not interested in taking Mwakingwe on loan but they want to enter into a long-term contract with the winger.
Two of Mwakingwe's mates at Simba – Adam Kingwande and Meshack Abel – have already crossed over to Lyon.
The club has also roped in former Young Africans and national team, Taifa Stars, goalkeeper Ivo Mapunda and striker Vincent Barnabas.