Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday ruled in favor of Jaffalie Chande in a contractual battle between the player and his former club Nyasa Big Bullets.
The long awaited verdict means that Chande is free to join and registere with Mighty Be Forward Wanderers as a free agent and is available for selection this weekend when the two teams meets in a Blantyre Derby this coming Saturday.
Bullets and Chande had been in a controversial dispute over a contract following the player’s decision to sign a pre-contract with arch-rivals Mighty Be Forward Wanderers Football Club.
Bullets had been insisting that Chande’s contract with them runs up to August 13, 2016 and that he illegally signed a contract with Wanderers. But the player stood his grounds, arguing his contract with the peoples team expired last season.
The Disciplinary Committee which met on Saturday in Blantyre ruled in favor of Chande that he never break any FAM rules by signing contract with Wanderers since he is free agent as his contract with Bullets had ran out.
According to Arthur Nanthuru led-committee, Chande was not at fault as confirmed by former Bullets’ chairman, Kondi Msungama and former General Secretary, Harold Fote who told the committee that they gave Chande a one and half year contract not three years contract as claimed by Bullets.
The committee quote Fote who described the contract copies Bullets have been producing as forged, arguing the player only signed a one and half year contract with the team after the club failed to meet some of his demands.
The Committee has since mocked the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and Football Association of Malawi for not having a proper way of keeping and ensuring that every player’s contact is deposited with them and are well documented to avoid the Chande incident which shamed the two when they failed to produce the original copy of Chande contract to the committee.
According to the ruling, it is a must for every team through Sulom to deposit their copies of every player’s contract to the Football FA. The committee has since schooled Sulom to consider digital mode of keeping files including every player’s contract as it’s the safest mode they can safely keep records of every player’s players contract and other vital information.