Mozambique-based football consultant, Nelito James, has taken Nyasa Big Bullets to task for refusing to pay about K370,000 in consultation fees for his role in the 2020 Energem International Football bonanza.
The pre-season competition was held at Kamuzu in February this year.
According to a letter which The Daily Times has seen, James was engaged together with local football consultant Felix Sapao to invite Mozambican side UD Songo to take part in the second edition of the bonanza.
“This mandate confirms that Nelito James and Felix Ngamanya Sapao have been given authorization to talk to UD Songo on a possible invitation to Malawi by Nyasa Big Bullets. Nyasa Big Bullets FC is organizing an international football bonanza from February 28 to March 1, 2020 involving four teams,” reads part of the letter.
James reportedly charged Bullets around $500 for his role in inviting the Mozambican side.
The agent said he has been reminding Bullets to honour the payment but the club told him that he would not be paid.
“I trust that this finds you well. I am fine, thanks. I write to enquire on when you guys will pay me for the consultation job I did in introducing UD Songo and facilitation of the whole process for the team to accept the invitation offer to participate in the recent Energem Tournament. I have been speaking to Kelvin Moyo [Bullets’ Business Development Manager] on this and he assured [me that] when [the] dust settles, you would consider me with a fee.
“I have been in a relaxed mood all along knowing that as someone I have known for a very long time, things would to read from Kelvin that I am not going to be paid. So please I would like to know why we are not paid as we run a sports consultancy business and we charge for everything we do in business,” reads part of James’ letter.
Sapao confirmed that Bullets have not paid the Mozambican.
“What I know is that he was engaged to do some work but he has not been paid up to now. The danger is that the football community needs each other, so it is better that Bullets fulfill their side of the agreement,” Sapao said.
Bullets Chief Administrator, Albert Chigoga, said there was no agreement on payment.
“We were asked by the two to write them a letter which would act as proof for them to speak to the said club. The letter was written confirming that we assigned them to speak to the club. But there was nothing to do with payment,” Chigoga said.
Chicken Inn were crowned champions of the bonanza with nine points from three games.
The Zimbabweans edged Be Forward Wanderers and Bullets by 1-0 margins before beating Songo 2-0.