Blue Eagles midfielder Vitumbiko Kumwenda, who made news following a protracted battle over his ownership with Be Forward Wanderers, is back in the limelight with another deal-gone-bad involving Silver Strikers.
Blue Eagles on Wednesday announced the sale of the player to Silver Strikers for K4 million.
A statement released by the club reads: “This is to officially inform all that Vitumbiko Kumwenda is now a Silver Strikers player with immediate effect from today.
“Silver Strikers didn’t use any dubious means to tap the player from Blue Eagles FC as they followed all necessary procedures and fulfilled therequirements set by the club.”requirements set by the Eagles vice-general secretary William Nkhoma would later confirm the deal.
“I can confirm that Blue Eagles [have] agreed to transfer Vitumbiko Kumwenda to Silver Strikers after they reached an agreement. Silver agreed a transfer fee of K4 million. They have paid and the player is now a Banker,” he said.
However, within minutes of the announcement, the player and his manager Amakhosi Jere dismissed the claims.
Kumwenda said: “I am just arriving home from Blue Eagles training only to hear that Silver has signed me. I don’t know what is happening.”
His manager Jere while confirming Silver’s interest, disputed that a deal was sealed between the player and the club.
He said: “Silver have shown interest, but we haven’t had any discussion. The procedure is that they need to talk to the parent club [Eagles] before us. There is neither an agreement nor discussions with Silver Strikers. In fact, the player yesterday trained with Eagles.”
Initially, Silver confirmed reaching an agreement with Kumwenda, but after the player disputed the deal, the club promised to issue a statement on the matter.
Early this year, Kumwenda resigned at Blue Eagles and signed for Be Forward Wanderers although he still had a running contract with his parent club.
However, the club lodged a complaint with Football Association of Malawi which ruled that the player had to see his contract through at the Malawi Police Service outfit