Azam Tigers FC has sought Sulom’s intervention to halt midfielder Kondwani ‘Scholes’ Kumwenda’s move to Nyasa Big Bullets until the issue of his transfer fee balance with Be Forward Wanderers is sorted out.
Kumwenda recently signed for the People’s Team as a free agent after being released by the Nomads.
But Tigers chairperson Sydney Chikoti yesterday said at the time the Nomads released the player, they still had a K1 million outstanding transfer fee balance.
And in a letter addressed to Wanderers and copied to Sulom which The Nation has seen, Tigers argue: “The full amount is far from being settled, yet we note the transfer of the player to Nyasa Big Bullets.
“Since you [Wanderers] did not complete payment of this player, it is our wish that he be deemed to have returned to Azam Tigers and that consequently, Bullets should not be allowed to register him until they have settled with us.”
A seemingly resigned Chikoti said being a ‘small’ team “that is always tossed around,” they are waiting to see how Sulom will handle the issue.
However, Sulom general secretary Williams Banda yesterday said the first thing that needs to be determined is the status of the player.
“What was the player’s status at the time he signed for Bullets? Once that critical question is answered then a way forward can be determined,” he said.
Banda also said Kumwenda has not yet been registered by Bullets.
Wanderers general secretary Mike Butao confirmed receiving communication from Tigers, but said Sulom were better placed to comment on the matter.
He also confirmed owing Tigers transfer fee balance for Kumwenda.
Bullets acting general secretary Kelvin Moyo said the transfer fee balance does not concern them as they signed the player as a free agent.
“Wanderers released Kumwenda and if they owe Tigers, then that is not our business,” he said.