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Players to be cleared electronically

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has engaged an extra gear to bring sanity to the often chaotic domestic player market.

Fam will roll out a Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS) with effect from Saturday, the association’s Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, has confirmed.

Fifa has , through Fam, activated the electronic (using the internet) clearing of players.

Fifa officials Bertrand Vinit, Anabel Belzunce and Hector Navarro are expected to arrive today to train stakeholders before the full implementation of the system.

Currently, the country transfers players manually. The current system leads to disputes with clubs and players allegedly forging their contracts for selfish interests.

Transfers of Pilirani Zonda and Jafali Chande to Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers, respectively, were thrown into controversy after their former employers, Epac and Bullets, claimed that the players had running contracts.

Jangale said the current system has loopholes which lead to clubs failure to comply with a transfer window.

“We have two transfer windows available for clubs during mid season and at the end of the season. But our clubs have been registering players for the whole season regardless of the window being open or not. So, there is need to adopt a new model to stop this tendency,” he explained.

“From 2008, Fifa introduced a new system of transferring players which is the International Transfer Matching System (ITMS). It is a web- based system. So we felt that if we can go via ITMS then we can solve problems that come with transfers.”

According to Jangale, the new system was supposed to start on February 14 but it was shifted to pave the way for the training which will run from today to Saturday.

A statement on Fam’s website reads, “Fam has invited Club TMS Managers from 16 clubs to participate in the 2017 Super League season for the two training workshops ; first on the Fifa Connect which will be facilitated by Gomezgani Zakazaka [today] and DTMS to be facilitated by Fifa on Friday [tomorrow].”

Super League of Malawi Treasurer, Tiya Somba-Banda, confirmed that they were working with Fam over the new system of clearing the players.

“We have been working with Fam on this system for over three years now. Actually, it was a Sulom initiative that we proposed to Fam as we noted the chaos originating from the manual system more especially on the transfers between Super League clubs and clubs playing in the regional leagues,” Banda said.

“As Sulom we have already been trained on the system by Fam and our secretariat is conversant with it. We look forward to the implementation as we continue to pursue the professionalisation of our local football.”

Premier Bet Wizards’ Technical Director, Peter Mponda, yesterday said his club’s officials have been trained on the new system, adding that he hopes it will bring sanity on the local players’ market.

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