Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has given Big Bullets 72 hours to respond to player-tapping charges involving Mzuni FC’s Burundian star forward Niyikiza Aimable.
In a letter from Sulom dated August 19 and signed by treasurer Tiya Somba-Banda, Mzuni lodged an official complaint on the issue.
“It is been alleged that the player has been training with Big Bullets without the permission of Mzuni FC up to the extent that you used the player during the Intercity Charity Trophy during the weekend of August 7 and 8 2015 contrary to Article 13.1.4 of Super League of Malawi constitution as read with Article 4.1 of the Football Association of Malawi [FAM] Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.
“You have 72 hours from the date of this letter to respond to these charges,” reads part of the letter.
Sulom has also written Aimable on the matter.
“It is been alleged that you are training with Big Bullets without the permission of your club Mzuni FC.
You have 72 hours from the date of this letter to respond to these charges,” reads Sulom’s letter to Aimable.
Aimable was not readily available for comment yesterday But Bullets vice-general secretary Kelvin Moyo played down the issue on Thursday.
“It is a simple and straight forward issue and we will respond to Sulom accordingly.
“The crucial issues that need to be answered are whether the player has a contract with Mzuni FC for what we know is that he only signed a registration contract with Sulom and not Mzuni FC. He also wrote them a resignation letter,” he said.
Moyo also questioned how Sulom registered the player when he has no permit.
“The player also does not have either a study or work permit, but a temporal visit permit. Now we wonder how Sulom allowed Mzuni to register him.
“He [Aimable] has told us that the reason for his visit is to study computer lessons and we have agreed to normalise immigration requirements for him to do that and that is what we are trying to do,” said Moyo.
But Banda could not be reached to respond to Bullets’ query on Thursday.