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Wanderers give up on Precious Sambani

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By Ronald Mpaso:

Be Forward Wanderers have given up their claim on talented left-back Precious Sambani who signed a three-year contract with bitter rivals Nyasa Big Bullets on Friday.

Wanderers Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, said they are not fighting to have Sambani back as they have capable replacements for him.

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“What happened was in breach of contract and contrary to principles of sportsmanship, integrity and ethics. We fulfilled our obligations to the player’s [parent] club [Namiwawa Madrid FC] in line with the loan agreement. So, we just want to see the delivery of justice on the matter. Otherwise, we are not fighting to have Sambani back,” he said.

Mkandawire said Sambani’s departure will give a chance to other players to prove that they are equally capable.

Francis Mlimbika and Ted Sumani are other left-backs for Wanderers. Sambani was versatile and could also play as a wing-back and holding midfielder.

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Wanderers wrote Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to exercise its powers in stopping the transfer, claiming Sambani was still contracted to them.

The Nomads,who signed Sambani and striker Francisco Madinga on a two-year loan from Namiwawa, wanted to seek legal redress on the matter through the courts.

Wanderers claim that they had the first option to buy Sambani and that he pocketed part of his signing-on fees but Namiwawa refused to collect the K1.5 transfer fee, forcing the Nomads to leave the money at Fam.

However, Namiwawa official Silas Liwindo told the press that they did not bother collecting the money because a previous K800,000 cheque from Wanderers was referred to drawer.

Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, declined to comment on the matter.

But Bullets Chief Executive Officer, Fleetwood Haiya, said there was no foul play in the transaction, insisting that all procedures were followed in signing the player.

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