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Nomads demand K3.6 million over Ishmael Thindwa’s injury

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Be Forward Wanderers have surrendered injured striker Ishmael Thindwa to Football Association of Malawi (Fam) due to the association’s failure to have the player, who suffered a knee injury while on national team duty last April, treated outside the country.

In a letter addressed to Fam General Secretary (GS), Alfred Gunda, Wanderers GS Mike Butao also asks the association to refund K3.6 million which the team spent on the striker’s perks.

“Ishmael got injured [while] playing for the Flames in April 2017 and since then he has not played a game for Wanderers due to injury. To make matters worse, that injury has not been treated up to now despite numerous promises by the Fam. Meanwhile, we have been paying Ishmael a salary every month for the whole 12 months of his injury.

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“We have put Ishmael into the custody of Fam until such a time that Ishmael is fit and ready to play at the same level again. Fam will take care of all his dues during this period. We also seek compensation of K3,360,000 being money we paid to Ishmael during his 12-month period [of being sidelined]. This money excludes bonuses (paid even though he was injured),” Butao wrote.

Fam Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, whose expertise is on Fifa regulations on players’ status, said Thindwa could have been treated by now if he had gone to a local hospital.

“It is unfortunate that it has taken this long; otherwise, arrangements to fly him out for treatment are almost ready. But he remains a player of Wanderers and, if they want, they can reach a mutual termination of his contract.

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“Wanderers cannot transfer to Fam, a third party, their agreement with Thindwa because we were not party to the contract. He never signed an agreement with Fam. We are finalising logistics for his treatment because, as a national team player at that time, he was insured.”

Thindwa has not played competitive football for Wanderers since 2016, a year after signing from Zimbabwe’s Caps United. He made a substitute appearance for Nomads in a 2015 Carlsberg Cup match.

Recently, Thindwa’s Manager, Roy Mdechi, said his client has a year remaining on his contract with Wanderers and expects Fam to fly him to India for treatment as promised.

“He went with his mum to meet Fam GS [Alfred Gunda] in Blantyre. They discussed and we are waiting to get an update from Malawi National Council of Sports through the FA GS. Casper Jangale got the quotes from India and he submitted them to the Sports Council. We are hopeful that he will go to India,” Mdechi said.

In a recent interview, Thindwa said he went for a successful operation on his damaged knee ligament at Beit Cure International Hospital in Blantyre but needs further treatment outside the country.

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