Mighty Be Forward Wanderers have accused Football Association of Malawi (FAM) of delaying in making a ruling regarding Jaffalie Chande’s disputed contract with Nyasa Big Bullets F.C.
On Wednesday, FAM issued a press release stating that in conjunction with the Super League of Malawi they had concluded the round table meetings regarding Chande’s disputed contract with Nyasa Big BulletsF.C.
In a letter signed by FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda, the two meetings (held on 5th and 12th April 2016) were aimed at finding a solution to the standoff between the two parties.
“However, FAM has managed to gather enough information and documents that will be passed on to the Disciplinary Committee to determine the future of this matter.
“In the meantime, the player will wait for the determination before returning to the field of play. It is expected that the FAM’s Disciplinary Committee will meet in due course to determine the issue at hand,” reads the press release.
However, this development has not gone well with Wanderers who have accused FAM of making delays in coming up with the final verdict on the matter.
Wanderer’s general secretary Mike Butao said they believe this is a simple transfer issue which should not have taken up to a month to resolve.
He said they were surprised that despite FAM having documents from both the player and his former club they are still failing to conclude the matter.
“Verification is a one-day process so we are shocked and dismayed by the whole thing. What exactly is the problem? We take Jafali as a player duly contracted to us so even though we are not party to the proceedings, we believe we retain the right to be officially updated by FAM of all proceedings,” said Butao.
He said they are also surprised that Bullets supporters are allowed into meetings, more specifically their top fan Stone Mwamadi.
“How can Mr Mwamadi be part of the procedural process at FAM on one hand and on the other hand sneak out to the police to have the same boy arrested?
“What does this tell the nation? What is the crime, changing teams after expiry of contract? Does Mr Mwamadi’s or Bullets’ influence extend that far that players can be arrested without the due legal process? Is FAM aware of this? Has Chande already been found in contravention? Jafali Chande has been harassed enough,” he fumed.
He went on to pose another question, “Is my friend Stone Mwamadi not taking football issues to court? What is the punishment for that? The nation is watching and waiting. Precedents are being set here and if FAM wants to create sacred cows they should be ready for the ramifications. No club is bigger than the game,” said Butao.
Source: Malawi News Agency