Six Malawian players narrowly beat the Mozambique transfer deadline yesterday after delays in concluding deals with their respective clubs.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) yesterday confirmed it had issued international transfer certificates (ITC) for five players.
Transfer matching system manager Casper Jangale said they completed the transfers of Silver Strikers duo Green Harawa and Ndaziona Chatsalira, Blue Eagles pair of John CJ Banda and Schumacher Kuwali to Ferroviaro de Nampula and Be Forward Wanderers goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa who has joined Chingare FC.
Former Flames skipper Joseph Kamwendo has also completed his move to Liga Malcumana from DR Congo’s TP Mazembe.
“We have issued international transfer certificates for the five players after receiving all the necessary documents. They have indeed managed to beat the deadline. For Kamwendo, it’s the DR Congo FA that issued his certificate,” said Jangale yesterday.
Eagles duo of CJ and Kuwali has joined the Mozambique club with no strings attached, according to the club’s general manager Gabriel Chirwa.
While Harawa has gone as free agent, Chatsalira had to buy out the remainder of his contract with Silver Strikers.
The club’s spokesperson Chimwemwe Nkhwimba expressed concern with the Mozambique club’s conduct over Chatsalira.
“For Harawa we don’t have a problem; it was a free transfer. But for Chatsalira, he still had a running contract with us. But we are having problems with Mozambique clubs. What happened is that they just offered a lucrative contract to the player even before they approached us,” said Nkhwimba.
“The player [Chatsalira] sneaked out to Mozambique, signed a contract, then came to us and said he was resigning from Silver Strikers. We told him that he still has a contract and he opted to buy out the remaining year.”
Nkhwimba said the club would introduce a clause in the contracts it offers to players prohibiting them from talking to other clubs without permission.
“In future no player will be allowed to sneak out to Mozambique,” Nkhwimba said.
Meanwhile, two players have failed to join Mozambique clubs after missing the deadline.
TNM Super League joint top goal scorer Innocent Bokosi and Jacob Ngwira will have to wait until June
transfer window for their transfers to be completed.
Costa do Sol, who wanted to sign Bokosi, pulled out after Malawi Defence Force delayed to release the Red Lions marksman.
Ngwira, a free agent after he was released by Be Forward Wanderers, also missed the deadline after failing to travel to Mozambique last week to join Desportivo de Maputo.
His agent Ken Giggs said there is still a chance for the players to get signed in June.
“I was talking to the team’s president who is currently in Egypt. He says Jacob should still come to Mozambique. He will sign a pre-contract and possibly join the team in June,” said Giggs.