Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has found Be forward Wanderers football club guilty of player tapping in a case the Malawi police headquarters side Blue Eagles sued that involves midfielder Vitumbiko Kumwenda’s move to the nomads.
Wanderers approached Blue Eagles seeking for the service of the former Kabwafu football club midfielder but the two sides failed to seal a deal as Wanderers had a shortfall of K500 000 to meet the asking price of K3,500 000 tabled by the area 30 side. This prompted Vitumbiko Kumwenda to write a resignation letter to the club, and K95,000 for failing to serve a month notice. He later signed a three years contract with Be forward Wanderers.
In a statement released by FAM signed by general secretary Alfred Gunda, Vitumbiko Kumwenda should report back to Blue Eagles as his contract termination has been quashed and set aside as the article relied upon contravenes with FIFA and FAM Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) where a contract can not be terminated during the course of the season.
The statement further gives the two clubs an opportunity to open up new negotiations on the transfer fee for the player. The player will belong to Blue Eagles or the player negotiates to compensate his club for breach of contract.
Speaking after the vedict, Blue Eagles chairperson Alexander Ngwala said they are happy with the verdict and are ready to go into negotiations with the Lali Lubani side if they are still interested to take the player on board.
“We are happy with the verdict as it will bring sanity in player management and behaviour within our clubs. As we still own the player, we are willing to go into a business negotiation with Wanderers if they are still interested to buy the player,” Ngwala said.
On their part Be Forward Wanderers football club general secretary Victor Maunde said
“We are happy with the verdict as it still gives us a chance to negotiate with Blue Eagles on the player. We are ready to discuss with them and pay k3,500 000 for Vitumbiko Kumwenda but I can’t say we will have the player as he belongs to Eagles.”