Malawi football: Death threats, ill-treatment, Chande on BB, Nomads fallout
By Sungie Ngulube
BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi’s outcast striker Jafali Chande has revealed the reasons behind his fallout with Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers which include death threats and being forced to own a smartphone.
Chande dumped Bullets for Wanderers in 2016 in a protracted transfer riddled contractual controversies centering on whether he was a free agent or not.
After a season, without clear reasons, he quit Wanderers and moved to his parents base in Mitundu on the outskirts of Lilongwe.
The Nomads’ relentless efforts to pursuade him to resume playing football were unsuccessful.
He later joined Central Region Football League side Mitundu Strikers before joining the now relegated Super League side Mponela United.
In an interview, Chande said his failure to renew his Bullets contract was because he had fallen out with the leadership.
“I didn’t feel safe at Bullets because I received death threats from top supporters committee officials. They threatened to shoot me because I was dilly-dallying to renew my contract,” he said.
“A club that threatens to take your life, I felt, was not good for me to continue playing for it.”
Chande said at Wanderers he was handed instructions which he felt was against his wish.
“For example,I was being forced to own a smartphone so that I should be on players’ WhatsApp group. I had been on the group before and there was nothing serious that was been discussed there.
“When I refused to return to the group on grounds that I didn’t have a smartphone, I was being denied a chance to train with the team. My question was, is it fair to force someone to things he doesn’t want?” He quizzed.
Chande, who has since returned to Mitundu Strikers after Mponela was relegated, said he also did not like the “media persecution.”
“I was depicted as a bad boy in the media. This was not fair. But I understand it was due to the fact that I wasn’t speaking out about the struggles I was enduring at these clubs,” he said.
The silky attacker said he does not regret quitting the two clubs.
The striker-cum-midfielder said his focus is to be fit for the new season, casting his eyes on helping Mitundu earning Super League promotion.
“I am back at my club. My plan for next season is to win the title and also scoop the golden boot. Thereafter, I will weigh my transfer options,” he said.
In an interview yesterday, Bullets chief adminstration officer Albert Chigoga said Chande left the club before it had transitioned into the company.
“We don’t have records regarding what was happening. But it is difficult to oppose his claims before the club was not as organised as it is now,” he said.
Wanderers general secretary Victor Maunde said although they insist on encouraging players to have smartphones, it is not mandatory.
“The WhatsApp group helps the players to know when training is starting and where since we change venues time and again. The dress code is also communicated through that group. So, if you are not on the group you do contrary to what other players are doing,” he said.
“However, it is not fair to say this is the reason Jafali left us. There are other issues. We sometimes have players who do not have smartphones but why do they not leave the club?”
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