Silver Strikers who are losing track with their title campaign have appealed against the ruling by Football Association of Malawi (FAM) which dismissed the complaint the club raised on Dwangwa United player Wilson Magombo.
Silver wanted Dwangwa to lose points for using the player during their match which ended one-all, arguing that they loaned out the player to Mafco.
But local football governing body rejected the call to dock points from the Nkhotakota-based outfit, exonerated Dwangwa of wrong doing and faulting the Bankers of making contradicting statements.
Silver general secretary Thabo Chakaka-Nyirenda accused FAM of “deliberately skirting around the real issue.”
He said the club is filing an appeal and has strong grounds against FAM’s determination.
Nyirenda said they will submit evidence to back up their appeal.
Silver’s secretary said they hope to succeed in an appeal, insisting that they have “prospect of success”.
Chakaka –Nyirenda said FAM “ignored vital information” contained in their protest letter.
He accuses FAM of “selective justice” on the matter and wants its decision to be “reversed.”
FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda advised Super League of Malawi (Sulom) that Dwangwa can continue using the player, saying that “according to FAM and Sulom records, the player signed a three year contract with Silver Strikers FC; That the contract the player signed with Silver commenced on February 1 2016 and would end on December 31 2018 as per calendar of FAM.”
Gunda says the clearance letter from Silver dated March 24 2017 is misleading since it states that the player was being loaned to any club and that his contract would expire on March 1 2017.
The association further faults Silver’s loan letter to Mafco, saying it differs with what is contained in the actual contract with FAM and Sulom on emoluments.
“The letter says the player receives K100 000 as monthly upkeep allowance, K20 000 as game bonus for a win and half for a draw in competitive matches whilst the contract says K40 000 as monthly upkeep allowance, K2 000 as weekly training allowance, K15 000 as competitive game allowance and half for a draw in competitive matches,” reads the letter in part.
FAM also observes that the player was signed by Dwangwa based on two clearance letters—from Silver dated, March 24 and Mafco dated August 22—and that he should continue playing for his current club.
“The player should continue to feature for Dwangwa United FC up until Silver both FAM and Sulom on the status of the player based on the contents of the letter the club issued dated March 24,” the letter reads.
Meanwhile, FAM has said Silver have no grounds for appeal, saying the body only provided guidance on the player’s status and its letter was “not necessarily a verdict.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :