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Blue Eagles revive K3.5 million demand

ON DEMAND—Kumwenda (left)

The circus surrounding the transfer of midfielder Vitumbiko Kumwenda from Blue Eagles to Be Forward Wanderers continues with the cops maintaining that they will not accept anything less than K3.5 million as training compensation for the player.

Eagles have taken the position after Football Association of Malawi (Fam) advised them in a ruling on the matter to negotiate the transfer fee for Kumwenda, among other recommendations.

The policemen’s Chairperson, Alexander Ngwala, said they would only accept K3.5 million to release Kumwenda after earlier asking for K8 million.

“We made our position clear that we want a training compensation of K3.5 million. We are not ready to receive any amount below the figure. It is now up to the player and his manager to make a decision,” Ngwala said.

Kumwenda’s manager, Amakhosi Jele, said he was not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting they had on Friday last week and has since penned Fam for further guidance.

“Our discussions centred around the three determinations that Fam made and we suggested paying compensation to Blue Eagles. We offered K1.2 million for the remaining contractual period of seven months of the contract with a signing fee of MK350,000.

“But Eagles now want us to negotiate and agree on K3.5 million. We have penned the Fam since they are the custodians of the determination we were advancing to report back to our discussions with Eagles,” Jele said.

Kumwenda reportedly signed a three-year contract with Wanderers after tendering his resignation at Eagles.

But Fam nullified the move last week after the Lilongwe-based side wrote the country’s football governing body, expressing concern with the Nomads’ conduct.

Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde, said he had no latest information on the matter.

The attacking midfielder was expected to fill the void left at Lali Lubani Road by Francisco Madinga Junior who joined Georgian side Dira Goli FC.

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