Former Nyasa Big Bullets FC general secretary Harold Fote has testified that the contract which Jaffale Chande submitted to FAM is original.
Fote gave his seal of approval when he was summoned by the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) at the weekend to testify on what he knows about the player’s status since his signature appears on both contracts were presented to the association by the player and the People’s Team.
On Monday, Fote confirmed giving his testimony to FAM.
“Although I was given copies of the two contracts, my testimony was based on what I know on the issue.
“As such, I did not discard any of the two contracts, but rather I testified having offered Chande a one and a half year-contract which ran from August 2014 to March 2016.
“This was done deliberately so that it should be in line with the football calendar. I also remember that Chande insisted on signing on every page of the contract agreement. But it is up to FAM to make their conclusion based on evidence before them,” he said.
However, FAM transfer matching systems (TMS) manager Casper Jangale was elusive when he was asked to confirm Fote’s testimony.
“I cannot confirm nor deny on whether Fote indeed gave his testimony. All I can say is that the issue has been referred to the disciplinary subcommittee,” said Jangale.
Meanwhile, Be Forward Wanderers have faulted Chande’s forgery charge sheet which Blantyre Police Station issued on April 11 2016.
The charge sheet, which The Nation has seen, does not indicate the month and court where the player is supposed to appear.
“They are saying he should appear in court and yet they have only indicated the date and year without a month and they have not even indicated which court. Is this not intimidation?
“What has he forged because the contract he gave FAM has his signature and that of Fote? Did he forge his signature or Fote’s or the whole contract. Have the police now established that Bullets’ contract is aunthetic, but it is Chande’s which is forged?” wondered Wanderers GS Mike Butao.
He challenged the Police to clarify on the issues raised.
But Blantyre Police spokesperson Elizabeth Divala said the player will appear before Blantyre Magistrate’s Court and that although he has already been charged, investigations are still underway.
“He [Chande] was given dates when he is supposed to be reporting to the police, but as for the actual date when he is supposed to appear before court, I need to cross check,” she said.