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Vitumbiko Kumwenda, Blue Eagles set for talks

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Victor Maunde

The future of attacking midfielder Vitumbiko Kumwenda will be decided today after talks with Blue Eagles officials in Lilongwe.

Kumwenda signed a three-year deal with Be Forward Wanderers last month but Football Association of Malawi (Fam) on Monday nullified the transfer, saying he belongs to Eagles.

The player’s representative, Amakhosi Jele, said the talks would be based on the three determinations that Fam came up with on the matter.

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“Vitumbiko is a Blue Eagles player at the moment. There was interest from Wanderers and the player also wanted to move. What Fam has done is to give us directions on how to discuss the issue. We hope that we will reach an amicable conclusion by the end of our talks,” Jele said.

In its ruling on Monday, Fam advised Wanderers and Eagles to negotiate a transfer fee for the player.

The country’s football governing body also warned that if Kumwenda failed to return to Eagles, both Wanderers and the player would be subject to sanctions.

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Eagles Chairperson Alexander Ngwala said they were set for the discussions.

Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde, said they had planned a meeting to discuss the matter.

The two clubs had failed to agree on the player’s transfer fee after protracted negotiations.

Eagles initially demanded K8 million for Kumwenda but later reduced it to K3.5 million but Wanderers made a K3 million counteroffer which the cops rejected.

In an attempt to force the move, Kumwenda tendered his resignation and travelled to Blantyre where he was unveiled as a Wanderers player.

Eagles reported the matter to Fam which ruled in the Lilongwe-based side’s favour.

Wanderers want Kumwenda as a replacement for Francisco Madinga who joined Georgian side FC Dila Gori.

Kumwenda moved to Eagles from Kabwafu FC some five years ago and helped the policemen to win last year’s Fisd Challenge Cup.

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