Mzuni FC have accused the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) of disregarding their concerns and imposing training compensation in the issue involving Burundian player Nikiza Aimabre.
This follows Sulom’s decision to clear Aimabre to join Big Bullets as a free agent after investigations proved that the player has a refugee status and has never been a student at the institution.
Aimabre had a quiet debut against Red Lions on Sunday amidst questions how it was possible for the player to be cleared when Mzuni had lodged a complaint against Bullets.
“We are surprised that you are charging Aimabre’s payment on our behalf. It is us [Mzuni] who know how much was spent on the player and not Sulom. Therefore, we find it absolutely wrong for you to charge Big Bullets on our behalf,” a response to Sulom ruling from Mzuni chairperson Albert Mtungambera Harawa reads in part.
“I therefore, warn that the very last letter that the Sulom general secretary wrote should not act as the declaration by the Supreme Court of Appeal. So far, the player is ours and should not be involved in any game until the issue is cleared.”
In their complaint to Sulom, Mzuni also claimed the player had a student visa and cannot play for any other team in the country apart from the students’ side.
“We did not intend to block his move in any way. However, we wanted to clarify to the player about his immigration status (obtained as a student) which we believe prohibits him from playing for any other club in the country at present,” Mzuni’s complaint to Sulom reads in part.
Sulom has since clarified that the player transfer committee ruled that Aimabre should join Bullets as free agent and that Mzuni should get K250 000 training compensation.
“In line with the player transfer regulations of Sulom as read with Fifa transfer regulations, it is hereby ordered that the player’s welfare be considered and for the sake of fair play, Sulom orders Big Bullets to pay a training compensation amounting to K250 000,” the ruling reads in part.
But Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said their investigations had found that the player has never been a student at the institution.
“First of all, the player’s immigration status is not as Mzuni portrayed that he has a student visa and cannot play for any other team. Actually, Aimabre has a refugee status. He has never been a student at Mzuni. He was spotted playing for a social team and Mzuni signed him with a promise to offer him a place at the university,” Banda said.
“We travelled to Mzuni to verify if he was a student and has a contract or registered with the institution as a student, but they did not produce any evidence. That is why after discussions, we told Mzuni that they cannot charge a transfer fee for the player but can claim training compensation.”