Be Forward Wanderers have hit out at the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) for declaring that Azam Tigers were faultless in featuring midfielder Nafe Misasa during last week’s TNM Super League game against the Nomads at Kamuzu Stadium.
Recently, Sulom treasurer Tiya Somba-Banda said it was not the first time that Misasa’s issue was raised as his former club Blantyre United also did the same, “but since the period of the loan is not specific, Tigers have not done anything wrong.”
However, Wanderers general secretary Mike Butao said his trust in the current Sulom has been eroded over the decision. Wanderers have since asked Sulom for a response on the latest complaint before “taking next action”.
“Sulom has a set of Rules and Regulations which need to be followed. These rules provide guidance on player loans, particularly Article 11.4 states that Players shall be on loan to other teams from their parent clubs for only one season after which he shall go back to the parent club, unless other arrangements are made before the end of his loan period by both parties in good faith,” Butao argued.
He further reminded Sulom of its communique dated March 20 2015 to all clubs that all loan contracts for players had expired and that April 10 was the deadline for renewal of those contracts.
“What documents then did Tigers use to make Sulom renew Nafe’s loan? Did Tigers act in good faith by making Sulom renew the loan deal without consent from the owners of the player? Are Sulom rewarding Tigers for flouting the rules? Are Sulom covering their own backside by rewarding infringement of rules? What precedent is being set here?” Butao challenged.
In reaction, Sulom general secretary Williams Banda, to whom the letter is addressed, on Monday said: “I believe Sulom is seriously considering their issue since it involves three teams. Nevertheless, Sulom will go by the regulatory governance.”