Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has announced that it has finished round table meetings on the ongoing transfer impulse between Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Be Forward Wanderers over midfielder Jaffalie Chande who has since been ordered to stop training with any of these two clubs.
The association held two separate meetings on 5th and 12th April 2016 to gather information on Chande’s transfer saga.
In a statement released by the associations signed by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Suzgo Nyirenda, Fam has gathered enough information and documents that will be submitted to its Disciplinary Committee to determine the issue at hand.
“The Football Association of Malawi in conjunction with the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) have concluded the round table meetings regarding Jaffalie Chande’s disputed contract with Nyasa Big Bullets,” reads the statement in part.
It adds: “The two meetings (held on 5th and 12th April 2016) were aimed at finding solution to the stand off 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 on the matter”.
Without mentioning the exact date, the statement indicates that Fam disciplinary committee will meet in due course to determine the issue at hand.
At the meantime, Chande will wait for the determination before returning to the field of play.
The player has since disclosed that he has been ordered to stop training.
“I have been ordered not to train with any other team. It’s like killing my career,” said Chande.
Chande dumped Bullets to join Wanderers after his demand of being given a K3 million signing on fee at Bullets was turned down.
Thereafter, Bullets claimed the player is still contracted to them until August 2017 before coming forward with another contract indicating the contract expires in August 2017.
On the other hand, Chande presented a contract indicating February 2016 as the expire period.
Mighty Be Forward Wanderers have since accused FAM of delaying the ruling and insists Chande is being treated unfairly.
Wanderers general secretary Mike Butao said the Nomads are surprised that the issue has been referred to the disciplinary committee instead of FAM just make the ruling itself.
“We believe this is a simple transfer issue which should not take up to a month to resolve. FAM have documents from both the player and his former club. 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 chief supporter Mr Mwamadi.
He questioned: “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?”
Butao added: “ The police have summoned Jafali three times now and on Monday they said they were releasing him on bail and he should appear before court on the 14th without indicating which month or which court. 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? Are FAM aware of this? Has chande already been found in contravention? Jafali Chande has been harrassed enough,” fumed Butao.
He also questioned Mwamadi for taking football matters to a court of law, saying “precedents are being set .”
Said Butao: “They are opening a pandora’s box. Never take people for granted. The precedents that are being set here will have far bigger implications than the decisions Fam are afraid to take now.”–Additional reporting by Elijah Phimbi, Nyasa TimesFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :