Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has given a verdict over a case involving capital city giants Silver Strikers football club, appeal over Nigerian striker Babatunde Adepoju whom they wanted to buy from Be Forward Wanderers but the former Masters Security striker is said to belong to the nomads.
Babatunde has been in a dilemma since March this year as he didn’t know to which club he belonged to after he signed a two years contract with the central bankers before they reversed their decision on the 11th hour which also made Wanderers to disown the player and seek legal intervention from the FA which directed Silver to pay K8 million to Wanderers
On Monday Afternoon, FAM released a verdict on the case which has stated that Babatunde Adepoju is still a Wanderers player but Silver Strikers has been ordered to pay their counterpart K2, 500,000 for breach of contract within 30 days. Failing to do this, the 2019 Airtel top 8 champions will be banned from registering any new player, either nationally or internationally until they pay the due amount. The striker has also been given the freedom to take up the matter regarding the agreement he made with the reserve bank sponsored side.
The verdict further gives room to Be Forward Wanderers to register the player as their own if they deregistered him and FAM and super league of Malawi (SULOM) should give the authorisation as the transfer window was closed.
Reacting to the verdict, Silver Strikers Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali said this should end the wrangle that was there over the player and they are happy with the verdict as its its different from the charges they received earlier.
“We have accepted the verdict and we are satisfied with the charges as we have to pay K2.5 million as compensation to Wanderers unlike the K8 million we were told to pay in the earlier verdict which was equal to the price we wanted to buy the player. This will end it all as we will go by what FAM has told us to do,” said Chimbali.
On their side Be Forward Wanderers general secretary Victor Maunde said, “We are happy with the verdict as FAM has directed Silver to compensate us after they breached negotiations and we have learnt to go by what we have agreed with the other team when we are doing business between us and not mind games. This should now make the player to concentrate on his game at Wanderers as that’s where he belongs.”