Nyasa Big Bullets veteran midfielder Fischer Kondowe is never short of controversy.
A day after accusing some members of his club’s technical panel of trying to ‘finish him off’, the dreadlocked player on Wednesday told off a disciplinary committee set up to hear a case in which he is being accused of breaching the TNM Super League champions’ code of conduct.
Kondowe is accused of giving an interview to the media in which he accused some member of the technical committee of having a vendetta against him.
The panel, comprising acting general secretary (GS) Kelvin Moyo, technical director Billy Tewesa, assistant coach Mabvuto Lungu and supporters chairperson Stone Mwamadi.
Apparently, upon arriving at the hearing, the fading star was not amused with the faces he saw on the disciplinary panel.
The winger, who has not featured in the club’s last four matches, blew the fuse accusing the panel of being the ones behind his predicament and drove off in his Toyota Rav4.
Said Moyo: “Fischer and the team manager Rahim Ishmael are quoted in yesterday’s [Wednesday] The Nation newspaper in which the player accused some technical members of wanting to finish him off. The team manager commented on this, saying the player is not being featured due to a slump in form. We have a code of ethics which every one signed at the club.
“One of the conditions is not to talk to the media without authority. So, we called them both but Fischer refused. He accused some members of the panel from the technical side of being in the forefront in trying to frustrate him.”
The club has since said the player would only return to action once the issue is resolved.
“He drove off and refused to appear before the committee. He later sent word to the secretariat through his chosen witness assistant team manager James Chilapondwa that he felt some of the members sitting on the panel have a vendetta against him, but he is willing to appear. A new date will be set with new members so that he gets a fair hearing.”.
Moyo said the disciplinary committee also had a hearing involving striker Diverson Mlozi and defender George Nyirenda.
Mlozi, who was dropped from Dwangwa trip, was charged with having his pictures on social media on a drinking spree while with the team. He accepted the charge and apologised but was given a warning.
Nyirenda has had his K25 000 (about $40) game bonus for the MDF Marine game docked after he was found guilty on three charges brought against him—insubordination, absence from training on March 12th and 13th and engaging the media without authority.
“He claimed that after what happened on that Wednesday when he overreacted after being substituted against MDF Marine, negatively affected him; hence, the decision to stay away from training to avoid undue attention from technical panel and fellow players. As for Fischer, we will have new members to hear this issue,” said Moyo.
Fischer confirmed the development, saying: “It is indeed true, my job is to play football, so if they cannot feature me then they should release me because I depend on football for a living.
“They know that what I said was the truth. There are lots of internal problems within the team. I have no pressure, if they cannot accommodate my views then I will move on, it’s simple as that.”