By: ANdrew Cane Chilapondwa
Jafali Chande’s transfer saga from Big Bullets to rivals Mighty Wanderers has taken a new twist following reports that the league champions will not dare travel to Lilongwe for the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Chifundo Shield Cup if the player is cleared to play for their cross-town rivals before honouring the remaining five months on his current deal.
The lethal attacking midfielder is believed to have signed a pre-contract deal with the Nomads despite having five months remaining on his contract with the people’s team. The move has angered Bullets to the extent of threatening to pull out of this Saturday’s showdown if FAM and Super League of Malawi clears the player.
Bullets’s Deputy Head of Finance George Ndindi told this publication that Wanderers have breached contract rules and regulations by giving the player a K2.5 million signing on fee yet his contract is yet to end on 13th August this year.
He then warned FAM and Sulom not to clear the player because he has a contract to honour before becoming a free agent in August. He also added that as far as they are concerned, the player should not be attached to Wanderers until his contract expires later this year.
“What we want is justice from FAM and Sulom because if we look into the whole saga, Wanderers have breached contracts rules and regulations by giving the player a K2.5 million sign on fee when he has five months remaining on his contract. If these two bodies dare to clear the player, we will not travel to Lilongwe until justice is served.”
“Even the player himself knows that he has five months remaining on the current deal and that’s why Wanderers contacted us to let them buy the remaining months but unfortunately, we want the player to be used by our team before leaving in August. He must honour his contract otherwise, we will not bow down to pressure from anybody regarding this transfer deal,” he said.
Efforts to speak to FAM’s Transfer Manager Casper Jangale proved futile. The player was brought to Bullets from EPAC FC by the Kondi Msungama led executive committee which was fired by the supporters committee last year.
Harold Fote was the General Secretary by then and when contacted, he said:
“Chande’s contract went missing when our office was invaded by supporters last year but if I can remember very well, he signed a two-year deal with the club. I can’t say more because the actual contract is missing but he had a contract with the club,” he said.
However, The Malawi Star has reliably been informed that Chande’s contract copies were never deposited at the FA offices and at the club. Inside sources have confided with the publication that if Bullets fail to produce the copy, the player will join the Nomads as a free agent.
Meanwhile, Chande’s departure to Wanderers has caused divisions in Bullets camp, with supporters committee Chairman Stone Mwamadi accusing General Secretary Kelvin Moyo as the one who facilitated the player’s move to cross- the floor to their town rivals.