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Disagreements are likely to erupt between players and Super League clubs after Football Association of Malawi (Fam) made a fresh reminder that all expiring contracts should be extended until the end of the season at no cost.

In a letter addressed to all 16 Super League clubs which Malawi News has seen, both clubs and players should find a collective agreement regarding employment conditions for any period the football competition was suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic.

This means there will be no new benefits for the players following the extension of the contracts such as signing on fees.

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“Agreement due to expire at the original end of a season (in this case December 31, 2020 such an expiry be extended until the new end date of the season (June 31, 2021). Agreements which were due to commence in April 2020, such agreements be delayed until the new start date of a new season (2021-2022) season,” reads part of the letter from Fam addressed to all 16 Super League teams.

“In the event of overlapping season, and unless all parties agree otherwise, priority will be given to the former club to complete their season with their original squad, in order to safeguard the integrity of a domestic league.”

Some clubs have welcomed the directive.

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Civil Service United General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula said both parties should understand the situation.

“This is timely, and this will help us to negotiate with our sponsors on the extension of contracts. It is our hope that players will understand the directive from Fam,” he said.

Civil also extended contracts for senior players such as Blessings Tembo and Innocent Tanganyika until the end of the season.

On his part, Silver Chief Executive Officer, Thokozani Chimbali also welcomed the directive from Fam.

“The directive will settle the disagreements between clubs and players on contracts,” he added.

Silver are in the process of extending contract for Captain Young Chimodzi Junior, whose deal expired this month.

In a separate interview yesterday, Football Players Association (FPA) chairperson Jimmy Zakazaka said the development could settle contractual disputes between clubs and players.

Fam also made a directive last year after a consultative meeting with all the Super League clubs in Salima.

But there have been disagreements between clubs and players on the extension of the contracts.

Nyasa Big Bullets recently extended contracts for some players, namely; Chiukepo Msowoya, Mike Mkwate, Precious Phiri, John Lanjesi, Yamikani Fodya, Chimango Kaira, Patrick Phiri and Henry Kabichi until the end of the season.

However, reports suggest that were several disagreements with some of the players as they were demanding improved perks.

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