Be Forward Wanderers executive committee has rejected their want away midfielder Joseph Kamwendo’s request to be loaned out.
According to the Nomads, Kamwendo requested a loan move to newly-promoted Super League side Masters Security for six months and later changed it to one year, to allow him to be close to his mother who is reportedly ill.
However, the Nomads general secretary Mike Butao yesterday said: “We took the issue to the executive committee and it was unanimously rejected.
“Our first duty as executive committee is to protect the interests of the club and we do not see any benefit for the club in this loan move. Masters is a small team and Joseph will not learn anything of value there that will benefit us after his loan. If anything his form will deteriorate.”
He added: “Kamwendo can only join Masters as general secretary or chairman and not a player.”
Instead, the Nomads have advised their inspirational midfielder to apply for compassionate leave.
“On another note, information reaching us is that Masters offered Joseph K6 million [as signing-on fee] plus a minibus for a one-year contract.
“We regard this as rumours and, will therefore, not act on this. Our decision is not based on this either. But if this is confirmed to be true then we will slap Masters with player-tapping charges.
“There have been numerous advances on our players, especially from these small teams that are not yet conversant with football rules,” said Butao, adding: “We hope the administrators of these clubs will acquaint themselves with rules governing transfers quickly before somebody loses patience. As Wanderers we are happy to work with all teams but the level of arrogance and know-it-all in some of these administrators is a big turn off.”
Contacted for his reaction yesterday, Kamwendo simply said: “No comment for now.”
And in a related development, a photograph showing Kamwendo being unveiled by Masters vice-chairperson Christopher Njeula circulated on social media yesterday, but both Kamwendo and Masters’ owner and patron Alfred Gangata described it as fake.
Said Kamwendo: “Kulibe zimenezo…there is nothing like that, I saw it.”
On his part, Gangata said the photo was not genuine.
“Nevertheless, I did not want to be involved in any sort of confrontations with Wanderers, but since they have provoked me, I will respond to some of their statements.
“To begin with, they cannot refer to us as a small team. They must withdraw that statement because if we were a small team, we would not earn promotion into the Super League.
“Let me also make it clear to them that we have not made any advances on Kamwendo because if we wanted him, we would have approached them. Why are they afraid if I may ask? They should leave me and my team alone,” said Gangata.