Silver Strikers claims Dwangwa featured an ineligible player
Silver Strikers Monday made a sensational claim that Dwangwa United featured an ineligible player, Wilson Magombo, during the two teams’ 1-1 draw at Chitowe Stadium on Sunday.
If Dwangwa are found at fault, Silver can earn maximum points from Sunday’s TNM Super League match and take their tally from the current 39 points to 42 points, two behind leaders Be Forward Wanderers.
The Central Bankers have lodged a complaint to Super League of Malawi (Sulom), claiming that Magombo was loaned out to Mafco FC and not Dwangwa.
Silver interim General Secretary, Thabo Nyirenda, in a letter to Sulom, claimed that the former Dedza Young Soccer defender has a running contract with the Bankers until 2019.
“Silver dully cleared Magombo to play for Mafco. We never gave any clearance to Dwangwa. Since the player was loaned [out] to Mafco only, Dwangwa should not have featured the player without getting a clearance from Silver, hence the player was illegally featured by Dwangwa in the match set out above,” reads part of the letter which Nyirenda has signed.
Dwangwa Team Manager, Davie Mwandira, insisted that Magombo joined the club as a free agent after Silver had released him.
“We know that Silver is bitter with the draw. If they had won the game, Silver would not have complained to Sulom. Magombo came here as a free agent,” he said.
Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, said they would look into Silver’s complaint and come up with a decision.
Mafco Head Coach, Temwa Msuku, said Silver and Mafco agreed verbally on the loan of Magombo, but the player sneaked to Dwangwa after the first- round.
“He came to us with a loan clearance from Silver but we did not sign the player because there was a stumbling block. At first, Silver wanted us to pay a fee but, later, we verbally reached an agreement. He left to try his luck at Dwangwa,” Msuku said.
Article 7 of Sulom’s rules and regulations on registration of players states that “a club found guilty of having fielded an unregistered player or fraudulently registered a player or players under suspicion in an official match shall have the points forfeited and awarded to the opposing team and be fined the sum of K300,000.00.”
Furthermore, Article 11 on players’ loan reads: “Any player can be loaned to another club on the terms and conditions as agreed in writing between the two clubs, provided the processing fee applicable to transfers shall be payable to Sulom.”
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