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Meck Mwase sues Fam

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Former Flames coach Meck Mwase, who was redeployed to Under-23 national football team, has sued Football Association of Malawi (Fam) for unlawful contract termination, redeployment and constructive dismissal.

In a court document dated May 6, 2022, which Malawi News has seen, Mwase, through Makiyi, Kanyenda and Associates, has dragged the association to the Industrial Relations Court of Malawi.

Makiyi, Kanyenda and Associates managing partner David Kanyenda confirmed that the former Flames mentor has finally sued Fam.

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According to the document, apart from unlawful termination of his contract as Flames coach and unlawful redeployment, Mwase has filed a complaint that procedure and substantive unfairness and constitutional provisions were violated.

In addition, he has also filed a complaint bordering on defamation, breach of contract, constructive dismissal and discrimination.

“The defendant misdirected itself on matters of law and committed errors of law regarding the question of termination of the claimant’s appointment as coach which is contractually secured. In any event, the claimant never consented to the proposed redeployment,’’ reads part of the document.

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The document further states that there is a wide disparity between Mwase and foreign coaches in wages and fringe benefits.

This comes after the two parties failed to settle the matter outside the court.

Mwase refused to meet Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda over his redeployment as Under-23 coach.

Mwase has a running contract with Fam until April next year alongside his assistant Lovemore Fazili.

When contacted Friday, Mwase refused to comment on the matter.

“I will not speak as the matter is in the hands of the lawyers,” Mwase said.

Gunda was not available for his comment Friday.

At its executive committee held in Mangochi last month, Fam appointed Marian Mario Marinica as Flames coach after relieving Mwase of his duties.

Mwase was redeployed as Under-23 national football coach, a position he held previously before he was promoted to senior team in 2019 after Belgian Ronny van Geneugden was sacked at the end of his contract.

While in-charge of the Flames, Mwase inspired the team to the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals after finishing second in Group B with 10 points, two points behind Burkina Faso.

However, Mwase lost the plot during the 2022 World Cup qualifiers-in which the Flames lost five matches and won once in six matches.

This forced Fam to appoint Marinica as interim coach before the Afcon finals in Cameroon.

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