Kafoteka drags FAM to court over injury compensation

Malawi national team right back, Elvis Kafoteka has dragged the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to court for failing to compensate him on his open fractured arm, which he suffered on December, 8, 2010 during the Cecafa Tournament in Tanzania.

Kafoteka got injured in a match against Ivory Coast.

Since that injury, the defender has been struggling to regain his fitness, as two metals which were inserted inside his fractured arm are yet to be removed.

Kafoteka: Demands compesation

Kafoteka told Nyasa Times that he was disappointed with FAM for failing to compensate him despite being injured on national duty.

“After the injury, it was my club in Rwanda (APR), who paid everything as far as operation on my arm was concerned. When l even came here l was using my own transport to and from the hospital, as if l got injured while playing for my club,” lamented  Kafoteka.

He said no FAM official followed up with him on his recovery.

“l still have metals inside my arm, which are supposed to be removed,” said Kafoteka.

Kafoteka said FAM officials pushed him to take the matter personally to Malawi National Council of Sports but that the Sports Council said the soccer governing body had not furnished the Council with any information on the matter.

“I have a letter signed by Malawi National Council of Sports Executive Secretary, George Jana, which indicates that Fam did not report my case to them,” said Kafoteka, Nyasa Times managed to obtain the copy of the letter.

It reads in part: “We write with reference to our letter 9th January, 2012 which noted that FAM  did not report any case of Mr. E. Kafoteka’s  injury and that no claim is being processed to his favour. “

The letter says no document relating to Kafoteka’s injury was sent to Sports council.

However, FAM’s Chief executive officer, Sugzo Nyirenda laughed off Kafoteka’s claims

“What l know is that after getting injured instead of coming home,  Elvis Kafoteka chose
to go to Rwanda where he told us that his club was responsible in paying him bills to the hospital. All what we asked him was to produce written documents for us to compensate him which he failed up to now,” said Nyirenda.

Kafoteka has been the vice captain of Malawi national team. His case revive the calls by many to have Malawian players insured.

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