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3 teams to share Gabadinho’s training compensation

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Albert Chigoga

Three local teams are entitled to share solidarity compensation for Malawi National Football Team striker Gabadinho Mhango from DStv Premiership side Orlando Pirates.

The three are Mbobe FC, also known as Rumphi Tigers, Brave Warriors and Nyasa Big Bullets.

The amount to be shared by the three teams is R125,000 (about K6 million).

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A letter from Pirates addressed to Football Association of Malawi (Fam) states that Mbobe will get R18,750 (K1,012,550) with Warriors pocketing the lion’s share of R43,750 (K2,362,550).

Bullets, the club that Mhango last played for before moving to South Africa, will get R37,500 (K2,025,500).

“May you please ask the respective clubs to send us Tax Invoices for the dollar equivalent of the amount payable to that respective club. We take this opportunity to remind each club that the bank account into which the amount payable to each club will be paid must be held in the name of that club,” reads part of the communication from Pirates.

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Fam Compliance Manager Casper Jangale commended Pirates for committing to make the payment.

“This is what Fifa is pushing for through the formation of Clearing House. Players do not just fall like Manna from heaven. Players are developed over a period of time and rewards such as these give an impetus to those involved in the development of talent,” Jangale said.

One of Warriors’ directors George Kapachika described the development as a big motivation.

“This is a big motivation to us. It will give us good reasons to continue developing raw talent,” Kapachika said.

Mhango moved to South Africa from Bullets in 2013 where he joined Bloemfontein Celtic.

He also spent six months on loan at Golden Arrows before moving to Bidvest Wits.

The Flames striker made history when he became the first Malawian to win the top goal scorer award with 16 goals. He shared the honour with Namibian Peter Shalulile.

Bullets Chief Administrator Albert Chigoga said they are satisfied with the amount of money to be paid out.

“Based on the calculations and years he spent with us, we are satisfied with the figure,” he added.

Training compensation is paid to all clubs who have trained a player from age 12 to 21.

The compensation is paid to a player’s training clubs when he is registered for the first time as a professional and each time he is transferred until the end of the calendar year of his 23rd birthday.

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