By: Andrew Cane Chilapondwa
He was once regarded as the best right-winger in Malawi during his playing days at Big Bullets but his switch to Silver Strikers deteriorated his promising career to the extent of being used as second best at the area 47.
Peter Pindani has come out of the shell to blast Silver officials for forcing him out of the club at a time when he was geared to fully commit his future to the Central Bankers.
The remarks come barely days after the closure of local transfer market by Super League of Malawi (Sulom), with Pindani missing out on the list of players submitted to the top flight tier’ administrators for the upcoming season.
Pindani’s absence has left many Silver Strikers fans with more questions than answers as they had no idea of whether the player was released by the club or not.
But the player himself has come out in the open to announce his departure from the club that he joined in 2011 from Bullets by saying he was released by the Bankers despite agreeing on a contract last year.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Silver Strikers FC supporters here on FB and everywhere else for the support they gave me since I joined the team in 2011. As you have been hearing, a lot has happened that I have been forced to stop playing for the team. I was geared to fully commit to the club,” reads his Facebook post.
“The truth of the matter is that I was released by the club even after agreeing on a contract that started running last year. The Executive committee was forced to release me as the technical panel made it clear that they do not want me in their team. The Executive Committee had no choice but to release me,” he continued.
Rumors that the winger will not be part of Silver’s plan in the new season started resurfacing a week ago when he was linked with a move to rivals Civo Service United but the winger quickly refuted the claims as he was hoping to be part of the Bankers this season.
But speaking in an interview with The Malawi Star, the Bankers through General Secretary Chimwemwe Nkhwimba refuted Pindani’s claims saying the club decided to release him because he had no time for the club as he is working somewhere else.
“The truth of the matter is that we released him because he has no time for the club as he is working somewhere else. He comes to training around 4 PM yet his friends start training around 2 PM so the technical panel advised us not to renew his contract that expired at the end of last season. It’s difficult to accommodate someone who is very busy and hardly trains with the rest of the team,” said Nkhwimba.
The Bankers are on a rebuilding exercise following a disastrous 2015 season from which they won nothing and finished outside the top four. Some senior players have been released by the club to other teams.
For the past two seasons, the Area 47 based giants have been selling players to Mozambique without replacing them, a development that has also led to the decline of such a majestic club. Silver fans will be hoping for a better season when football resumes next week.