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Lawrence Chaziya deal faces hitches

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Alfred Gunda

Malawi National Football Team defender Lawrence Chaziya is keeping his fingers crossed as Civil Service United are yet to issue a consent letter to enable him complete a move to Jordanian side Al Hussein Irbid.

Chaziya reportedly signed for Al Hussein Irbid as a free agent as his contract with Civil expired in December last year.

Chaziya and his new agent Amadu Fontem Tigana confirmed, saying the player could be sent back to Malawi.

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Tigana said they were hopeful that Civil would cooperate to help the defender seal the deal.

“It is sad that a free agent [Chaziya] has not finalised paperwork with his new club due to his former club Civil who are insisting on getting a cut from his transfer to Jordan. This is against his freedom as a free agent. I am afraid he will be sent back home now because his team is now fed up with the wrangle,” Tigana said.

Chaziya pleaded with Civil management to issue the consent letter as he did not breach any contract.

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“I don’t know what they want from me. My new club is fast losing patience.

I am disappointed with the developments,” he said.

Civil’s Club Manager Christopher Longwe and General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula did not pick our calls.

Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary Alfred Gunda has warned Civil against demanding a third party fee from Chaziya’s deal as he is a free agent.

“Fam hereby wish to advise your club Civil Service, as regards to the transfer of Lawrence Chaziya (football player) that the player will be transferred as an out-of-contract (free agent). This has come about as a result of the expiry of the player’s contract with your club on 31st December 2021,” read part of the letter, dated 3rd March 2022 which Gunda signed.

“Going by the direction given by Fam in its letter of 10th February 2021 which concerned Covid-19 Regulatory Issues; the contract between your club and the player was neither affected by Covid-19 pandemic as it ended on the last day of the 2020-2021 season.

“Further to that, the direction given in 2020 which was reaffirmed by the said letter of 10th February 2021, we did state the need for both the clubs and players to work together to find appropriate collective agreements regarding employment conditions. Ours was just a direction in which affirmative action was solely in the hands of clubs and players. You have not provided any evidence in support of that action being taken.”

Chaziya was spotted in Cameroon during the Africa Cup of Nations finals. He replaced injured captain Limbikani Mzava when the Flames came from a goal down to beat Zimbabwe 2-1. He was outstanding when the Flames drew 0-0 against Senegal and also in the 2-1 loss to Morocco.

Chaziya secured a 10-month contract with Al Hussein Irbid SC.

Details indicated that Chaziya would earn $20,000 (about K16.5 million) as signing-on-fee and $4,000 (about K3.3 million) monthly salary at the Jordan club.

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