By: Andrew Cane Chilapondwa
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is today expected to rule out whether Big Bullets’ contract rebel Jafali Chande is free to join rivals Mighty Wanderers as a free agent or respect his current deal with Bullets.
Last week, Bullets submitted a contract copy to the FA indicating that the player had a deal with the Super League champions until August next but Chande denied having such a long term contract with the club by submitting his own copy of a contract indicating that it expired in February this year.
However, things got worse when Blantyre Police apprehended two internet café operators on the allegations that they helped the player to forge a contract which he submitted to the association.
But when he was summoned by the Police on Saturday last week, Chande denied the allegations saying he submitted an original copy of a contract to FAM which he signed in 2014 when he arrived from Epac FC.
“I was indeed summoned by the Police to explain my part on the allegations that I forged a contract that was submitted to FAM last week. I told them that I submitted an original copy of a contract to FAM which I signed in 2014 upon my arrival from Epac FC so I have no idea of what they are saying,” said Chande in an interview with The Malawi Star.
The FA through General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda told the involved parties that they must bring evidence during the hearing session and if they fail to do so, the case will be sent to the FA’s disciplinary committee.
Bullets are claiming that the player is still contracted to them till next year and have told Wanderers that if they want tom sign Chande, they must follow proper channels. On the other part, the player says he is a free agent since his deal with the club expired in February this year.
The whole saga started when the former Epac FC Captain turned down an offer from Bullets to extend his stay at the club by agreeing to a deal in principle with cross-town rivals Wanderers who gave him a K3 million signing on fee.
The ruling will be out by the end of business hours today.