By: Andrew Cane Chilapodwa
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has been accused of taking sides by Mighty Wanderers in the on-going contractual dispute between Jafali Chande and Big Bullets.
General Secretary Mike Butao made the remarks soon after the FA announced that the issue has now been sent to the disciplinary committee, with the player being suspended till the issue has been resolved.
However, Butao believes that FAM is trying to make a story out of nothing.
“This is a simple transfer issue which should not take FAM up to a month to resolve. Verification is a one day process so we are shocked and dismayed by the whole thing yet the FA has documents from both the player and his former club,” said Butao.
He also blasted FAM for allowing Bullets supporter’s chairman Stone Mwamadi to attend meetings.
“We are also surprised that Bullets supporter’s Chairman Stone Mwamadi is being entertained to attend meetings at FAM yet it was the same person who summoned Chande to Police to get him arrested.
The player was summoned three times by Police who told him to appear before Court on 14th without indicating month or which Court to appear. What does this tell the nation? What is the crime, changing teams after expiry of a contract?” “Does it mean that Mwamadi or Bullets’ influence can have players arrested without the legal process? Is FAM aware of this? Is Chande already found guilty in this saga? Is Mwamadi not taking football issues to Court? What is the punishment for that? The nation is watching and waiting,” he warned.
He then reminded the country’s soccer governing body that no club is bigger than the game.
Butao has also reminded FAM that despite not being part of the proceedings, Chande is contracted to Wanderers and they are at liberty to be officially updated by the FA on every proceeding. Efforts to speak to the FA officials and Bullets officials proved futile as we went to the press.
Chande has made it clear that he will play for the Nomads and has since distanced himself from claims made by Bullets that he is having a running contract with the Super League champions till next year.