Blantyre-based women’s football side Ntopwa is yet to pocket the fee for defender Patricia Nyirenda from Zambian club Lusaka Dynamos.
Nyirenda recently joined the Faz Women’s Super League side on a three-year deal alongside defender Chimwemwe Madise from Lilongwe-based DD Sunshine.
The two clubs agreed with the Zambian club on payment of $2,000 (about K1.5 million) each as developmental fee.
However, Dynamos only made part payment to Sunshine for Madise whereas Ntopwa are still waiting for their chair.
Ntopwa director Isaac ‘Jomo’ Osman said he was losing patience.
“I do not know how the player managed to go to Zambia without payment. This should not have happened. There is no way a player of Patricia’s calibre can just go out and start playing for a foreign team without any payment. This is a national team player and she can’t just go for nothing,” Osman said.
Nyirenda and Madise featured for Dynamos in a friendly against Zambia women’s national football team which they lost 7-2.
However, the two cannot feature in a competitive match as Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is yet to issue clearance certificates.
Fam Compliance Manager Casper Jangale said they are following the matter closely.
“We will consult our counterparts in Zambia,” Jangale said.
Nyirenda and Madise are the first Malawian women footballers to join the Zambian club, whose men’s side signed Nyasa Big Bullets midfielder Dalitso Sailesi some three years ago.
However, Sailesi terminated his contract after claiming that the club had breached its terms.
He claimed compensation through the courts and is still waiting for payment.
Both Nyirenda and Madise are expected to join the Scorchers’ squad for the 2021 Cosafa Women’s