Mighty Wanderers have been left crying for spilt milk after FAM cleared as a free agent the Nomads midfield strongman Alfred Manyozo Jnr to Botswana Premier League side UF Santos.
FAM transfer matching system manager Casper Jangale confirmed to have cleared Manyozo, who alongside then Nomads winger Innocent Jere passed trials at Santos in 2012, but could not join the Botswana club after Wanderers claimed they were still contracted to them.
“I have been communicating with Kanyenda asking for the copies of the contract. I gave him a deadline of last Thursday then he pushed it to Friday but could still not produce the contracts. From earlier transaction pertaining to the same player, I knew that he was a free agent, but I still contacted them. We go by what is the system and it shows there is no contract,” said Jangale.
Wanderers general secretary David Kanyenda accused FAM of cutting corners in clearing Manyozo.
“We have not consented to his transfer and now we hear he has sneaked out to Botswana. As for the contract details of Manyozo, I need to check the record [to establish the duration],” Kanyenda claimed when asked for the duration of the contract and evidence of the contracts.
Nomads chairperson George Chamangwana also seemed surprised by Manyozo’s transfer, saying: “It is news to us. With who did FAM liaise with? What we know is that Manyozo is injured.”
The Super League of Malawi general secretary Williams Banda on Tuesday said they only have records of Manyozo’s registration cards and not contract copies. He said that is most probably due to the fact that most Super League teams did not submit copies of the contracts.
In 2012, FAM chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda threatened to clear Manyozo and Jere, who plays for a Mozambican side, if Wanderers failed to substantiate their claim that the players had running contracts. The transfer window was eventually closed and the duo were forced to return to Wanderers.