As football faces uncertain future due to Covid-19 pandemic in the country, local clubs say they will look into players and coaches’ agreements.
All the 16 TNM Super League clubs are likely to face contractual disputes with coaches and players should the season get lost due to Covid-19 pandemic.
A survey in Super League teams such as Nyasa Big Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers, Silver Strikers and Civo Service United indicate that the players and coaches were adamant that their contracts were running despite suspension of football.
Bullets coach Kallisto Pasuwa signed a one-year deal whereas Silver coach Daniel Kabwe penned a two -year contract with the club. Reports also suggest that Bullets have about 10 players who will be out of contracts by December.
Silver also have players such as Nigerian defender Yinusa Sherrif and Michael Tetteh who could be out of contract by December this year. Goalkeeper Brighton Munthali’s contract is expected to expire in April next year.
In an interview, Silver Chief Executive Officer, Thoko Chimbali said all contracts at the club were running saying the situation will be assessed later.
“We respect contractual issues and we are honouring all the obligations. All the coaches signed two years contracts so assessment will be done once football resumes,” he added.
But Bullets Chief Administrator Albert Chigoga was not readily available for his comment.
On his part, Wanderer General Secretary, Victor Maunde said his club was not panicking over players and coaches’ contracts.
“We are not under pressure because we extended contracts for more players early this year. We might have one or two situations but we will have mutual agreement with them,” he added.
Wanderers’ Nigerian striker Babatunde Adepoju said he signed a 30 months contract with the Lali Lubani outfit having joined from Masters Security at the start of the 2019 season.
“It is frustrating to stay idle without football but there is nothing we can do. We have to keep on waiting and see what happens,” Babatunde said.
The Nigerian has 10 month remaining on his contract which means could sign a pre-contract with another team in December.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is yet to get a nod from the government on football result despite planning to resume the game by the end of August.
Fam Club Licensing and Compliance Manager, Casper Jangale said more players and coaches face uncertain future due to the suspension of the game.
“Soon or later, if we don’t find a workable solution, I see football collapsing. Despite suspension of football contracts are still running,” Jangale said.
According to Fifa, Article 27 of the RSTP states that cases of force majoure shall be decided by the Fifa Council, whose decisions are final. The Covid-19 situation is per se a case of force majoure for Fifa and football. Fifa has given guidance on the following issues, expiring agreements (i.e. agreements terminating at the end of the current season) and new agreements (i.e. those already signed and due to commence at the start of next season).