Silver takes Wanderers to court over Chitsulo’s transfer fee: Malawi football

Silver Strikers have dragged Mighty Wanderers to commercial court over their former striker Tony Chitsulo’s unpaid transfer fees.

According to summons the bankers are demanding the payment of K1,950,000 from Wanderers as the transfer fee for the player.

The bankers are also demanding the Nomads to pay interest on the transfer fee at five percent above the ruling National Bank of Malawi commercial lending rate from 30 May.

In total, the Nomads could pay close to K3 million if they lose the case.

Tony Chitsulo bone of contention....Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Tony Chitsulo bone of contention….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Silver lawyer Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda said the decision to drag the Nomads to court was due to the club’s failure to honour the transfer fee after the cheque they issued was referred to drawer.

“On April 30 Wanderers issued a cheque of K1,950,000 as payment for my client’s player Tony Chitsulo transfer fee. The cheque was dishonored by the bank,” Nyirenda said.

“Efforts to have the money paid have failed. My client is therefore seeking the payment of the K1,950,000 transfer fee with interest as well as the legal fees.”

Asked if they would succeed in the lawsuit since football matters are not supposed to be taken to ordinary courts, Nyirenda said it was a case of debt collection.

“This is not a football matter as per se. It is a matter of my client trying to recover a debt from Mighty Wanderers,” Nyirenda said.

“We are confident that we will be successful because this matter has nothing to do with the clause which says football matters cannot be taken to court.”

Nyirenda said they had exhausted all means to recover the money.

The Chitsulo transfer saga hit the headlines after Silver tried to block the player for playing for Wanderers until the transfer fee was paid but to no avail.

The bankers also tried to seek Super League of Malawi’s help but also failed.

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