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Fischer Kondowe seeks Big Bullets’ contract termination

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Nyasa Big Bullets veteran winger Fischer Kondowe has asked for the unilateral termination of his contract in frustration over outstanding signing-on fees amounting to K3 million.

Kondowe and Bullets interim General Secretary, Albert Chigoga, Wednesday, separately, confirmed the development.

Kondowe handed in his resignation letter to Bullets Team Manager, James Chilapondwa, after yesterday’s training session at Blantyre Sports Club.

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The winger confirmed tendering his resignation letter to Bullets’ technical panel and sponsor, Nyasa Manufacturing Company.

Kondowe said he had lost patience after waiting for his signing- fees from last year, yet all new players pocketed their money.

He said he kept playing due to his loyalty to the team he joined via its youth team in mid 1990s.

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“It is true that I have written the management of the club about the termination of the contract because I have observed that something is not on at the club.

“It seems like I am begging to play for this club yet I signed a contract and I am committed to playing for Bullets. The club signed new players and they gave them their signing-on fees, so what is wrong with me?

“I have been requesting for my money from last year, but up to now I have not received anything. For now, I will not talk much until I discuss the matter again with management,” Kondowe said.

Chigoga said he was yet to receive Kondowe’s letter.

Chigoga downplayed the issue, saying Kondowe might have taken the decision out of anger.

“I will be able to competently respond when I see the contents of the letter. His case is administrative [in nature] and the matter of the contract has to be handled with care,” Chigoga said.

This is not the first time Kondowe wanted out of Bullets. In 2013, Kondowe trained with Bullets rivals Be Forward Wanderers only to return to the People’s Team.

Kondowe, who also had stints in South Africa with Umtata Bush Bucks (now defunct), Blomfontein Celtic and Black Leopards, was part of the Bullets’ squad that participated in Caf Champions League in 2004 and 2014.

Rules and regulations of Fifa under articles 14 and 15, state that “a contract may be terminated by either party without consequences of any kind (either payment of compensation or imposition of sporting sanctions) where there is ‘just cause’.

“Article 15, allows an ‘established professional’ to terminate his contract on the grounds of ‘sporting just cause’ if he has appeared in fewer than 10 percent of the official matches in which his club has been involved during the season,” the article reads.

Article 17 adds: “If a contract is terminated without just cause, the person in breach will have to pay compensation.”

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