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Fam orders Silver to pay K8m for Babatunde

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The transfer wrangle involving Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers over Nigerian striker Babatunde Adepoju took a new twist Friday after Football Association of Malawi (Fam) ordered the Lilongwe giants to pay K8 million as a compensation.

Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, in a letter said the deal between the two sides was completed.

“We strongly believe that both Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers fulfilled the conditions of transfer agreement with the presence of offer and acceptance. Further to that the reversal of the cheque transaction was done upon the change of mind of your board of trustees that subjecting Wanderers to the loss of K8 million. Under Fifa and Fam Regulation of the Status and Transfer of Players, the validity of a contract may not be made subject to a success of medical examination and/or grant of work permit,” reads part of the letter from Fam.

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“You are hereby ordered to compensate Be Forward Wanderers the full transfer amount of K8 million. We sincerely believe that the issues in question have been duly addressed.”

According to Fam, the determination was based on offer and acceptance between the two sides as Silver through the letter dated January 31st expressed willingness to enter into negotiations.

And also that Silver claimed to have agreed personal terms with the football player and that Wanderers proceeded to issue a clearance for Babatunde on or about 5th March 2020 in favour of Silver.

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Following the ruling, Babatunde belongs to Silver which means the Central Bankers should honour the transfer fee for the Nigerian.

Silver Chief Executive Officer Thoko Chimbali said the matter was in the hands of legal department of the team.

Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde said justice had prevailed.

“We can say that the player will go to Silver based on the fact that the issue was determined based on an offer and acceptance,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fam has also ordered Silver to pay Wanderers K1.1 million as training compensation for defending midfielder Chikondi Kamanga.

The Under-20 midfielder joined Silver last month after the expiry of his deal with Wanderers.

But Chimbali said Silver have accepted that they will pay the training compensation to Wanderers on Kamanga

“It is normal practice and we will honour it without problems,” Chimbali said.

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