Football Association of Malawi (Fam) says controversial transfer deals for Be Forward Wanderers player Babatunde Adepoju and Blue Eagles midfielder Vitumbiko Kumwenda will still be completed despite that the Domestic Transfer Matching System closed on Friday.
Transfer deals for the two players are under disputes as Silver Strikers decided not to go ahead with the deal to sign Babatunde from Wanderers despite signing personal terms with the player, while Kumwenda resigned from Blue Eagles to force a move to Wanderers.
Fam Club Licencing and Compliance Manager, Casper Jangale said all the players whose transfer deals were ongoing at the time of closing of the transfer window including those in transfer disputes will be registered outside the window.
“Both players Babatunde and Kumwenda including those whose transfers were still in progress at the time we closed the window will be allowed to register,” Jangale said.
Fam’s Appeals Committee is yet to hear Babatunde’s appeal case after earlier ruled that Silver should pay K8 million transfer fee to Wanderers as the transfer was completed.
Meanwhile, Fam attributed failure to hearing Babatunde’s appeal case to inadequate time for the panelists to go through the submissions from the both teams.
“The case will be heard in less than 10 days. The panelists needed ample time to go through the submissions by both parties,” Jangale said.
Jangale also disclosed that Kumwenda’s issue will be concluded shortly as stage one of the case had been finalised.
However, Babatunde, who made a name at Masters Security, expressed worry over what he called delayed justice.
“I am physically and psychologically affected. How I wish the issue ended today. I am suffering and I just want my future resolved quickly,” he said.
On the other hand, Kumwenda resigned at Eagles after the Nankhaka based side thrice rejected Wanderers’ offer.
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