Blue Eagles and midfielder Vitumbiko Kumwenda have failed to reach an agreement after the player opted to buyout the remainder of his contract in his quest to join Be Forward Wanderers.
However, Blue Eagles representatives have asked the player to put his offer in writing for further consideration at an executive level after rejecting it during the meeting the team had with the player in Lilongwe over the weekend.
Kumwenda, who reportedly signed a three-year deal with Be Forward Wanderers, was ordered by Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to return to his former club or the two clubs— Wanderers and Eagles—should negotiate a transfer fee.
The midfielder and his manager Amakhosi Jere met Eagles’ officials over the weekend but the two parties differed on the player’s suggestion to pay Eagles a training compensation of K1.2 million. Eagles refused.
Kumwenda’s contract with Eagles expires in six month.
Eagles vice General Secretary, Williams Nkhoma described Kumwenda’s offer and demands as unrealistic saying they needed approval from the executive before agreeing with the terms laid down by the player.
“Discussions took place but they came up with unrealistic demands which require the executive approval so we advised them to write us so that we respond accordingly,” Nkhoma said.
In a separate interview Kumwenda confirmed having told Eagles about his desire to buy out his contract and move on.
“I have offered to buy the remainder of my contract at K1.2 million. We have been advised to write them [Eagles] officially and we will surely do that. I am grateful to Eagles for the support they have always given me. Anyway it is time to move on and meet other challenges,” he said.
In its ruling on the disagreements that emerged between the player and his team, Eagles, Fam advised, Wanderers, to negotiate a transfer fee for the player with his former club.
Fam also stated that failure by the player to return to Eagles, both Wanderers and the player will be subjected to sanctions.
The two clubs failed to agree on the transfer fee of K8 million which Eagles was demanding for the player. Later the amount was reduced to K3.5 million but Wanderers said they only had K3 million. Eagles pulled out of the negotiations.
The player then tendered his resignation and was unveiled as a Wanderers player which forced Eagles to report the matter to Fam.
Wanderers wanted Kumwenda to be a direct replacement of Francisco Madinga who joined FC Dila Goli of Georgia. Kumwenda is also versatile as he can play on both flanks.
He moved to Eagles from Kabwafu FC five years ago. At Eagles, Kumwenda has won the Fisd Challenge Cup and the Airtel Top 8 Cup. He has never won the TNM Super League title.
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.