Warriors demand pay on Gaba’s deal: Malawi hot-shot set to sign for Amazulu

Malawi sensational striker Gabadinho Mhango’s impending move to South Africa’s top league side Amazulu has forced his former club Brave Warriors to claim a stake in the player’s transfer deal.

The Warriors, who survived relegation from Malawi’s second tier, claimed that they hold 15 percent rights of the total transfer money for the player to any team from Bullets.

Warriors’ claims  are coming after Gabadinho passed his trials at Amazulu and he is on the verge of signing for the club.

Brave Warriors director George Kapachika said,  according to the deal they signed with Bullets, they would be entitled to  a15 percent cut on  transfer transactions involving the player.

Gaba: Heading to Amazulu
Gaba: Heading to Amazulu

He said the deal was struck after Bullets failed to pay when the player joined the team in 2011.

“After Bullets failed to pay us we agreed with Sulom that they would get him because we didn’t want to stand in the player’s way,” Kapachika said.

“So we signed an agreement which chairman Malinda Chinyama and Ben Msawanga the then General Secretray are aware of.”

He said they team would expect Bullets to cooperate on the issue because the issue was well documented.

“Bullets is a big club which has a fully fledged and operational secretariat to keep such records. We  don’t have to remind  about this.”

He also said the player was linked with a move to  Silver Strikers before Bullets but the deal fell through because of contractual hitches.

Kapachika said another move to Cobbe Barracks also did not materialise forcing Gaba to start training with Bullets in 2011.

“They inquired about the player through their General Secretary Ben Sawanga. We rejected the offer and told them that the player was not for sale,” he said.

After seeing that the deal was going to fail, Bullets used Kapachika’s close acquaintance Bob Chakhaza to close the deal.

“After several negotiations, we settled for a transfer fee of K300,000. The other condition for selling him was that we would get 20 percent from his next transfer fees. Bullets negotiated and it was reduced to 15 percent,” he said.

Kapachika said they would write Bullets on the issue.

“We have the documents to support our position. All stakeholders should appreciate our efforts of scouting talent by fulfilling the agreements we made,” he said.

Mkandawire said they were not aware of the agreement with Warriors over Gaba’s position.

“We don’t have the document that shows that they would pay Brave Warriors part of Gaba’s future transfer fees.

“We have not heard anyhting about that clause in Malawi football. As Bullets we have never signed such a deal,” he said.

Mkandawire also questioned the manner the Warriors had approached the issue.

“After all the player has not been sold yet. They must not block his chances of signing for the club,” he said.

Brave Warriors signed Gaba from Tigers FC of Rumphi.

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