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Football Players Association (FPA) chairperson, Jimmy Zakazaka, has said most contractual disputes between players and clubs could be avoided if players joined the body.

“Some of the wrangles that are currently haunting most players are as a result of lack of understanding. Most players rush to sign contracts when they don’t understand it,” said the former Flames striker.

Zakazaka urged players to join FPA to benefit from expert advice to avoid damaging their career.

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“We can only help players if they are our members. Some players due to lack of knowledge have made costly mistakes. It is a pity in this century that a player who has six months remaining on his contract decides to resign from his team to join another club. In an ideal situation we could advise such a player to sign a pre-contract and complete the move after the expiry of his contract,” he said.

The former Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers player said he also benefited from players’ union when he was playing for Bay United in South Africa.

“When the team was sold, we were supposed to be paid out the remainder of our contract. I took the issue to the players’ union and I eventually got my money while I was here [in Malawi],” he said.

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Before joining FPA, Zakazaka who was commonly called weapon of mass destruction or Ginola, also served in South Africa in a similar role.

“I know the importance of this body. In South Africa I was there as foreigners’ representative,” he said.

Recently, some Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers players sought support from the body after their respective sides deducted their salaries without prior consent. Former Civo Service United midfielder Patrick Thupi also reported the club to FPA for failure to pay K500,000 which was part of his signing on fee.

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