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Silver Strikers reject Thuso Paipi’s contract termination request

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Silver Strikers talented winger Thuso Paipi has written the club asking for the termination of his three-year contract due to personal reasons. He, however, could not specify the reasons.

Paipi’s decision comes a week after Nyasa Big Bullets’ veteran winger Fischer Kondowe also asked for the termination of his contract, only to make a u-turn when the club accepted his wish last week.

In the close season, Be Forward Wanderers Captain, Joseph Kamwendo, also tried to walk out of his contract then amid reported advances by Masters Security FC.

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In a letter dated August 20 2017, the former Premier Bet Wizards winger said he felt time had come for him to leave Silver.

“After serving Silver for about two years, I feel time has come for me to quit the club. I have diligently served the club and I will appreciate everything the club has done for me. Let me state that I am quitting the club for personal reasons,” reads the letter.

“With this decision, I would like to request for the termination of my contract with the club at [the] end of the first-round of the current season.”

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However, Paipi could not be reached yesterday.

But Silver General Secretary, Thabo Nyirenda, said the winger would not be allowed to leave at this stage.

“Silver regrets to inform you that it has refused to accept your notice of termination of contract at the end of first-round of the TNM Super League as indicated in your letter dated August 20, 2017.

“You may wish to be reminded that the contract you signed with the club on September 16 2016 was for the duration of three years commencing on January 1 2017,” reads part of the letter.

“Your contract with the club expires on January 1 2020. You have not advanced any grounds for the termination of the contract. The club is still interested in your services and has no plans to part ways with you until after the expiration of your contract with the club in January, 2020.”

Paipi featured for Silver in a goal-less draw against Be Forward Wanderers at Bingu National Stadium on Sunday in a league match. His performance against Wanderers left a lot to be desired.

Paipi has been a long term target for Nyasa Big Bullets since joining Silver from Wizards two years ago.

The youngster is one of the talented wingers due to his dribbling and scoring abilities. He is also good at taking on defenders.

However, Fifa transfer rules and regulations allow the unilateral termination of a contract by a player only under certain conditions.

Article 13 of the regulations states that a contract between a professional and a club may only be terminated either upon expiry of the deal or by mutual agreement.

However, Article 14 adds that a contract may be terminated by either party without consequences of any kind (either payment of compensation or imposition of sporting sanctions) where there is ‘just cause’.

“Just cause is not defined but would cover, for example, where a player has not been paid for months or if he has appeared in fewer than 10 percent of official matches in which his club has been involved during a season,” reads the article.

Article 16 states that a contract cannot be unilaterally terminated during the course of a season.

Article 17 states that if a contract is terminated without just cause, the person in breach will have to pay compensation.

Meanwhile, Silver forward Matthews Sibale and winger Duncan Nyoni have committed their future to the club after signing new three-year deals each keeping them at the club until 2020.

Sibale has been in top form for the club having scored vital goals this season. He played a key role for Silver when they won the Airtel Top 8 Cup after beating Wanderers 10-9 on post-match penalties recently.

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