TNM Super League sides Civil Sporting Club and Nyasa Big Bullets have finally ended their feud over the controversial transfer of defender Gomezgani Chirwa after agreeing a K3 million fee.
Confirmed by both clubs yesterday, the deal struck on Monday effectively frees the national team budding star to finalise his move to the People’s Team.
Chirwa, who had a running contract with Civil, stirred a storm last month when he signed for Bullets, but his club insisted it had not approved the transfer.
In an interview, Civil Sporting general secretary Ronald Chiwaula said Bullets are now free to complete the registration of the defender, having struck the agreement.
“Once they issue transfer fee payment, they will be free to register the player. All in all, we are pleased that we have been vindicated after our insistence that Gomezgani was still our player,” he said.
Asked if they are contented to sell a national team player at that amount, Chiwaula said they are other incentives inserted in the agreement.
“For example, if Bullets decide to sell him to another club, there is a clause which entitles us to a certain percentage of the transfer fee they will get,” he said.
Bullets conduct might have been in breach of transfer rules after allegedly signing the player without the knowledge of his parent club, but Chiwaula signalled they will not take the matter to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) for a determination.
“The misunderstanding has been resolved. The most important thing is that the player will be able to play without any hindrances. This is why we didn’t want to drag the matter further,” he said.
On his part, Bullets administration director Albert Chigoga said the club is pleased that the standoff has been resolved.
“We knew that this was going to end well. We have always had a cordial relationship with Civil Sporting when it comes to player transfers,” he said.
Chigoga could not be drawn to confirm the transfer fee, saying: “We are not in a position to go into financial details. Maybe we can do that once the matter has been fully resolved.”