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Nomads cling to Precious Sambani

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

The fight for Malawi national football team left-back Precious Sambani continued yesterday, with Be Forward Wanderers claiming that both Nyasa Big Bullets and Namiwawa Madrid breached the law after the defender was unveiled as a player for the People’s Team on Friday.

In an eight-page letter addressed to Football Association of Malawi (Fam), Wanderers claim that Sambani’s loan agreement was due to expire on January 27 2019.

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“The loan agreement was executed on January 27 2017 for a period of two years. Accordingly, It was due for expiry on January 27 2019. To date, the loan agreement subsists and remains enforceable. It is a fundamental term of the loan agreement that Namiwawa should not sell or offer for sale the player to another club unless there is breach of contract by Wanderers which we submit is not case.

“Yet Namiwawa have to sell our Mr Sambani to Bullets to be [six] unconscionable and unlawful as well as at variance with and beneath acceptable sporting, ethics, integrity and fair play precepts,” reads part of the letter.

The Nomads have since engaged the services of former general secretary David Kanyenda to help them on the matter.

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In a separate interview, Kanyenda, calling himself the club’s legal counsel, said Sambani is a Wanderers player.

Sambani belongs to Wanderers and he cannot play for another team without the consent of Wanderers. If there are teams interested in his services, they should contact Wanderers and it will depend on Wanderers if they want to sell the player or not,” Kanyenda said Sunday.

According to a loan agreement between the two clubs (Namiwawa and Wanderers), the Lali Lubani outfit was expected to pay K1.5 million for Sambani and K2 million for midfielder Francisco Madinga Jnr.

In an attempt to make Sambani’s deal permanent, Wanderers reportedly put the player on a new deal with a signing-on fee in the region of K1.5 million.

Wanderers claim the player already received half of his signing on fee plus a new salary.

When contacted Sunday, Namiwawa Director Syrus Luwindo described Wanderers as “cry babies”.

“We do not want to say much on the issue. We are only asking big teams to start respecting us. Let them understand the rules of the game. We are in modern football,” Luwindo said.

Fam Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, was not readily available for comment Sunday.

Sambani was also not available for his word as his mobile phone was off Sunday.

The player broke the hearts of Wanderers fans when he signed a three-year contract with Bullets on Friday.

But unconfirmed reports have emerged that the player signed a pre-contract with Bullets in July last year.

He underwent trials in Belgium at Club Brugge last year alongside Peter Banda but both were not successful.

Sambani scored the only goal for the Flames during the 2018 Cosafa Cup as Malawi drew 1-1 with Botswana.

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