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Jafali Chande still Awol

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TNM Super League defending champions, Be Forward Wanderers, are losing patience with forward Jafali Chande.

In view of this, Wanderers want to engage Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and Super League of Malawi (Sulom) on the stand-off between the player and the club.

Chande, one of the best finishers on the domestic scene, has a running contract with the Lali Lubani outfit until 2019.

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But the forward was not part of the Nomads Caf Champions League campaign after he trained for only two days since December, before going absent without leave (Awol).

Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, on Monday said they had exhausted all internal avenues of sorting out the issue.

“It is true that there were some altercations between Chande and his fellow players prior to the Mzuni game in December. These are normal—though unwelcome occurrences—when people work in large groups. We have tried our best to address this issue but Chande still does not report for training,” Butao said.

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“We are now seeking the intervention of Sulom and Fam because Chande is a fully contracted player who draws a salary every month. We continue to fulfil our contractual obligations [to him].”

Chande could not be reached for his side of the story.

Fam Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, said the matter can only be handled between the player and the club.

“Our hands are tied on that issue because the player and the club know what is stipulated in their contract. It is difficult for us to be party to that,” Jangale said.

In June, Nomads Head Coach, Yasin Osman, dropped Chande from the squad that beat Moyale Barracks 3-2 in the Airtel Top 8 Cup semi-final in Lilongwe on disciplinary grounds.

Chande has always fallen out with coaches since he was at Epac FC (now defunct).

The forward scored vital goals for Wanderers last season. Nomads are on recess after exiting the Caf Champions League following a 6-1 aggregate loss to AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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