FAZ orders Nkana to pay Walter Bwalya $32,000
Zambia Super League side Nkana football club has been ordered to pay their former striker Walter ‘Bwalya’ Binene Sabwa $32,000 in arrears owed to the Congolese forward.
According to a ruling from the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) player status and transfer committee hearing chaired by David Simusamba and made available to the ZamFoot Crew, Nkana has been ordered to pay the said amount within 3 months.
For the avoidance of doubt, the club is indebted to a player in the total sum of US $32,000 payable within 60 calendar days hereof in default to face disciplinary sanctions under article 19 (2) of the FAZ regulations on the status and transfer of players
Walter who was represented at the meeting by his agent Paricha Chikoye was claiming $36, 000; 20,000 signing-on fee balance, 12,000 in salary arrears and 4,000 representing fluctuations as he was paid in Zambian Kwacha instead of the agreed currency (USD).
The Committee failed to find enough evidence supporting the claims for $4,000 to cover for fluctuations due to currency used in paying his salary.
I have directed my mind on this issue and considered all the evidence availed to me and I find no basis upon which I can firmly anchor the award of the $4,000 to represent exchange rate fluctuations for the period claimed.
Nkana who was represented at the meeting by club chief executive officer, Charles Chakatazya, disputed the signing on fee balance claiming the former Forest Rangers player did not honor his contract by not reporting for the 2019/2020 pre-season training.
However, the committee dismissed Nkana’s claims saying the player was entitled to claim his signing on fee because Nkana sold him to El Gouna and collected a transfer fee saying he was their player and not a free agent hence the signing on fee had already accrued to the player.
The facts of the matter are that on an unknown date the club offered Sabwa a two-year contract from 3rd July 2019 to 2nd July 2021which the player accepted on 8th November 2018.
According to the particulars of the contract, Nkana was to pay Binene-Sabwa $70 000 signing on fee and $ 4,500 as a monthly salary.
The two parties agreed that $50 000 was to be paid on the signing on fee leaving a balance of $20 000 while instead of paying him $4,500 the club used to pay him K30,000 which they believed was equivalent to $3,000.
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