Blue Eagles enterprising winger Vitumbiko Kumwenda’s transfer controversy took a new twist yesterday when he tendered his resignation to the Malawi Police Service outfit.
This comes in the wake of a transfer wrangle between Eagles and Be Forward Wanderers over the player.
Part of the letter dated March 30 2020 addressed to Eagles chairperson, which The Nation has seen, reads: “In exercise of the terms stipulated in my contract, specifically the first paragraph on page 3 which Blue Eagles, FAM and Sulom all have, I hereby tender my resignation from Blue Eagles FC with immediate effect.
“The clause referred to stipulates that the player may at anytime terminate his appointment upon giving one month notice to the club or an amount equal to his one month benefits with written notice of termination to the employer.
“Appendix 2 of my contract also defines my monthly benefits as K60 000. I hereby give Blue Eagles my written notice and will pay Blue Eagles the equivalent of my monthly benefits, rather than serve out my notice.”
In the letter, Kumwenda further said he could have wished to leave the cops’ side under different circumstances, “but my efforts to engage management have failed dismally and I have been forced to tender my resignation as the club in the way of my personal growth. I wish management and all the players success.”
The player yesterday confirmed writing the letter, saying he had no other option.
“But at this stage, I would rather not comment further,” he said.
However, Eagles chairperson Alexander Ngwala yesterday said they had not received the letter.
FAM licencing and compliance mangier confirmed receipt of Kumwenda’s letter in an interview yesterday.
“What it means is that the player has exercised a term stipulated in their contract to terminate it upon giving a month’s notice,” he said.
The development comes barely a day after Eagles declared that their transfer talks with Wanderers had flopped because the Nomads failed to pay a K3.5 million transfer fee.
Initially Eagles offered the player to Wanderers at K8 million, but the Nomads made a K2 million counter offer. Eagles then came down to K3.5 million, but Wanderers made another counter-offer of K3 million which Eagles turned down.