The transfer wrangle surrounding Be Forward Wanderers striker Babatunde Adepoju who intends to join Silver Strikers is refusing to die following revelations that the move faced hitches after Bankers’ Board Chairperson, Victor Madhlopa, was ‘betrayed’ by his fellow board members.
It has transpired that Madhlopa singled handedly signed Babatunde at K8 million from Wanderers without the consent of the board who in turn sabotaged the move.
Sources said some board members moved swiftly to stop the clearance of the cheque which Silver had issued for Babatunde’s completed transfer.
The former striker for disbanded Masters Security signed a two-year deal which entitles him to a K500,000 monthly salary, K150,000 housing allowance, K50,000 bonus for a competitive win and K5,000 training allowance among others.
Additionally, sources said Babatunde’s move to Silver was not sanctioned by Silver new Zambian Coach Daniel Kabwe.
When contacted, Madhlopa refused to comment saying Silver were waiting for a verdict after appealing against Football Association of Malawi’s (Fam) ruling which directed the club to pay K8 million to Wanderers as Babatunde’s transfer fee to Silver was sealed.
“The issue is being handled at another level it will only be wise to wait until such a time it will be finalised,” he said
Meanwhile, Wanderers General Secretary Victor Maunde said justice will prevail having won the first case.
“We are not shaken; the evidence is overwhelming. Silver signed the player and made a payment of K8 million. What were they buying with that cheque? If I may ask,” he said.
However, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Club Licencing and Compliance Manager, Casper Jangale, said the association’s Appeals Committee will hear the case at the end of this week.
“We have set April 10 or 11 as tentative dates for the Appeals Committee to hear the case. We are hoping to finalise the issue,” he said.
After Silver ’s cheque to Wanderers was referred back, the Nomads complained to Fam over the manner the deal was handled.
Fam then ruled that the transfer was completed, as such, the Bankers were supposed to pay K8 million compensation.
Silver and Wanderers have in the past seasons been embroiled in transfer wrangles. Some of the players that were caught in transfer wrangles between the two teams include Lucky Malata, Blessings Tembo and Chimwemwe Chitedze.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.