The controversy surrounding Be Forward Wanderers want-out midfielder Joseph Kamwendo took a new twist yesterday when he announced his intention to buy out his contract.
Kamwendo, who is linked with a move to newly-promoted Super League outfit Masters Security FC, yesterday said the buyout request is his last option in a bid to persuade the Nomads to release him.
“I have made all efforts to reach a mutual agreement with the club because of the respect I have for it, but unfortunately it has not worked out.
“So, under the circumstances, I am left with no choice but to request for a buy-out of the remaining duration of my contract.
“I love Wanderers, it is the team of my heart but they seem not to understand me. It appears they do not believe my story that I want to stay close to my sick mother and during that short period I want to play for a small team based in Lilongwe which is near my home in Mchinji,” said Kamwendo in an interview yesterday.
The battle-hardened midfielder signed a three-year with the Nomads last year.
Kamwendo claims to have referred the issue to the Football Association of Malawi (FAM).
“Since Wanderers lodged a complaint to FAM, I have also made the request through the association and I am hoping that they will bear with me. I cannot be seen to be fighting with a team that holds a special place in my heart,” he said.
FAM transfer matching systems manager Casper Jangale said they are planning to invite the two parties to a round-table discussion.
“Joseph indeed contacted us, saying that is the route he wants to take. We believe this is an issue that can be sorted out through dialogue.
“We also informed Wanderers and it appears they are willing to discuss the issue and get to the bottom of it,” he said.
However, the Nomads general secretary Mike Butao yesterday said they already came up with a position on the matter [that they are not willing to release Kamwendo because he has a running contract].
“So, to us it is a closed chapter. If anything you should ask him how he wants to proceed with the matter.” n