Defending champions Silver Strikers have lodged a complaint to Super League of Malawi (Sulom) over the continued use of Tony Chitsul by Mighty Wanderers.
Chitsulo is at the centre of controversy following his league debut for the Nomads against Bullets FC before Silver pocketed the K1.9 million transfer fee.
In a letter dated May 14, 2013, signed by Silver Strikers General secretary Mike Tembo, copied to his Mighty Wanderers counterpart David Kanyenda advised them against continued use of the player.
Silver Strikers also wrote Sulom on May 3 over the same.
“(In the letter) we advised that Mr. Chitsulo would be cleared only upon clearance of the cheque issued by Mighty Wanderers Football Club in favour of Silver Strikers FC,” reads the letter in part.
“The cheque which Wanderers Football Club issued to Silver Strikers Football Club was referred to drawer and despite Silver Strikers Football Club categorically warning against featuring the player until clearance of the cheque, the player has been featured by Wanderers Football Club on three occasions much to our bewilderment.”
Silver argue that Wanderers should not use the player without their consent because he still belongs to them since the condition for the clearance of the player has not been fulfilled.
“By copy of this letter, we advise Mighty Wanderers Football Club to refrain from using Tony Chitsulo during competitive matches as he is still our player until the agreed transfer fee is paid in full by cash or Bank Certified Cheque,” reads the last part of the letter.
Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said he did not have a copy of the letter.
However, he said according to their knowledge, the player was cleared and could still be playing while the teams continue the negotiations.
“Silver acknowledged receiving the cheque. The daunting challenge is with Wanderers to pay the transfer fees as we earlier instructed them to do,” Banda said.
The Sulom general secretary also hinted on calling for an arbitration meeting between the two clubs.
Mighty Wanderers chairperson George Chamangwana said they have also not received Silver Strikers’ letter.
“They are working with the media. If they want us to address their concerns, they should come directly to us,” he said.
Chitsulo has so far featured in three League games for the Nomads against Bullets FC, Mafco and Mponela United.
One of the sports analysts, speaking on conditions of anonymity said Silver were being unfair to Chitsulo.
“It’s been clear that Chitsulo does not want to play for Silver Strikers because he has been ignored in the last campaign,” said the analyst.
“What Silver are doing is mere football politics which at the end of tha will affect the player’s future.”
“Silver would have learnt from what Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson who left out star striker Wayne Rooney in their game aginst Swansea after handing in a transfer request.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :