Mighty Wanderers have lodged a complaint to the organising committee of the Presidential Cup against Bvumbwe Research for allegedly featuring three ineligible players.
The Nomads, who are the reigning champions, were shown the exit following their 2-1 shock defeat by Bvumbwe on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium.
But Wanderers general secretary and legal adviser David Kanyenda said they played the game under protest because Bvumbwe breached their agreement on Ndaziona Mamu, McLean Salamu and Ibrahim Sadiki who were loaned to them [Bvumbwe].
“We are not taking up the issue just because we have lost. You can even check with Mr. [Charles] Kafatia who was the match assessor. He will confirm that we played the game under protest,” said Kanyenda.
He said according to the agreement with Bvumbwe, the four players were not supposed to feature against Nomads.
“It is not something new, it happens with major European teams. So, we already notified the authorities and we expect Bvumbwe to be disqualified for fielding ineligible players. The complaint was lodged even before the start of the match,” said Kanyenda.
Bvumbweâ€™s team manager Richard Lister dismissed the Nomadsâ€™ argument, describing it as laughable.
“They have no case at all. We challenged them prior to the match to produce documentation to prove their claims, but they failed. They should just accept the harsh reality that they lost,” said Lister.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that Silver Strikers are also contemplating lodging a similar complaint against non-leaguers Complex Madrid, who beat them 2-1 in Zomba on Saturday.
However, FAM competition manager Casper Jangale on Sunday said they would look into the Wanderers case.
“We have not yet received the complaint letter from Wanderers, but once we get it, then we will look into the issue,” said Jangale.