The Industrial Relations Court (IRC) has ordered Be Forward Wanderers Football Club to pay their former coach Franco Ndawa and former team manager the late McHodges Chunga K5.3 million for breach of contract.
The two jointly sued Wanderers in a case as matter number IRC 80 of 2017 after the TNM Super League giants fired them in August 2012 following the team’s poor performance but failed to give them wages and terminal benefits amounting to the above sum.
However, the applicants’ lawyer Timothy Chirwa yesterday said the Nomads could pay more because the court is yet to include accumulated interest, considering that seven years have now passed.
“The matter has come to this point because negotiations failed as Wanderers were only making unfulfilled promises,” he said.
The court’s interim attachment order dated October 5 2019 states that third parties to the respondents, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Super League of Malawi (Sulom), should ensure Wanderers’ money from any event or match gate revenue is channelled towards that cause.
Reads the order : “It is hereby ordered that all money that may be accruing from the above- mentioned third parties to the respondents herein, including money from gate collections realised or any other date as may be fixed, be attached to answer an order on assessment made by this court on March 19 2018.”
The court has also summoned Sulom and FAM on October 16 for the hearing of an application by the applicants for a final order.
Ndawa on Sunday said he is happy that finally he will be getting his dues after serving Wanderers between 2010 and 2012. He said Wanderers owed him K3.7million then.
Wanderers’ chairperson Gift Mkandawire said they will do anything possible to respect the court order.
“Personally, I was surprised to learn about this matter. However, as Wanderers, we will follow and respect the order,” he said.
Sulom general secretary Williams Banda referred the matter to the top-flight league runners’ legal adviser Muhammad Selemani, who did not respond to Nation Online’s inquest on how they would handle the issue.
FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda could not be reached on Sunday.