To shell out MK6.2 million
Lilongwe-based TNM Super League giants will have to part ways with a total of K6.2 million within a month for its cases that were before the Football Association of Malawi (FAM).
Out of the figure, the Bankers will have to pay Be Forward Wanderers K2.5 million as compensation for a failed deal with striker Babatunde Adepoju according to a determination made by FAM’s player status committee on Monday.
The compensation fee has been reduced from an earlier K8 million charge after Silver Strikers appealed the verdict.
The appeal itself attracts K800,000 fee which the Bankers paid to FAM.
Last month FAM also slapped the club K2.9 million for violence during the 2019 FISD Challenge Cup against Blue Eagles and banned some of its supporters.
Eagles were not spared in the case as they also got their share of K1 million fine.
This means the two teams are the only ones to get charged and pay fines this year though the FISD Cup fracas took place in November last year.
After the Babatunde case, both teams have expressed satisfaction with the verdict.
Silver’ communication officer, David Daniel Dauda said they are satisfied that some of their grounds for appeal have been considered.
“As a team, we have no problems with the outcome. We have been given 30 days to pay the fine and I hope we will do the needful. What matters most is that FAM has clarified that Babatunde belongs to Wanderers. We have a list of players that we registered to work for the team this season and he was not there. So, this means we are going ahead with our plan,” he said.
Nomads general secretary, Victor Maunde told local media that they too are happy that the decision maintained that they be compensated even though it is reduced.
“Babatunde has been our player and he is our player. He played a very significant role in our last season’s journey,” he said.
Babatunde himself reacted through the local newspapers that the verdict does not make sense to him.