By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Ghanaian defender Eric Atsigah and striker China Chirwa risk being banned by Super League of Malawi (Sulom) for bringing the game into disrepute after absconding duty at their respective clubs.
Atsigah claimed he had quit Masters Security FC for Be Forward Wanderers but could not be registered before closure of the last transfer window.
It was a similar case for Chirwa, who dumped TN Stars for Wanderers but missed the transfer deadline as well.
This means Atsigah still belongs to Masters despite signing a three-year contract with the Nomads. Chirwa is also still a Stars player.
Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, said absconding training is a serious misconduct for players.
“They risk being banned from the league for bringing the game into disrepute. We will investigate if they have not reported [for duties],” Banda said in a written response.
However, Atsigah Sunday maintained that he was a Wanderers player having already committed himself to the club.
“I signed a contract with Wanderers, so I belong to them. I do not know when I will start playing because they are still discussing other issues,” he said.
Masters General Secretary, Christopher Njeula, said the club had two options on Atsigah if he failed to show up at the Lilongwe-based club.
“We will give him sanctions or even terminate his contract without benefits,” Njeula said.
Chirwa is also yet to start playing for Wanderers due to the same reasons.
A Stars official, Jones Banda, said Wanderers breached transfer rules and regulations.
“We wrote them on the matter, advising them to follow proper channels if they wanted to sign our player. But they never responded. So we are recalling our player. He needs game time to maintain top form.
“He could be training with Wanderers yes, but he needs to play regularly so that he maintains match fitness. If Wanderers are still interested, let them talk to us in the next transfer window,” he said.
Wanderers Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, was not available on his mobile phone to comment on the matter Sunday.
Some of the big moves that were completed during the mid-season transfer window were Nyasa Big Bullets’ signing of Azizi Mwakifuna from Karonga United and Chikoti Chirwa’s move from Red Lions to Kamuzu Barracks.
But transfers of Jaffalie Chande, Enock Likoswe, Precious Msosa and Patrick Thupi to Mlatho Mponela were also not completed after the closure of the window.
But Mlatho Chief Executive Officer, Steve Madeira, said Chande’s transfer could be completed this week as all relevant documents had been sent to the Super League governing body.