THE controversy surrounding Nkana striker Walter Bwalya Binene has taken a new twist with the club revealing that some FAZ officials are conniving with agents to sell the player for US$400,000.
FAZ suspended the player from playing competitively for the club until issues surrounding his registration are resolved.
This was after Lubumbashi Sports emerged with a claim that the player was still registered with the Congolese side and was not cleared to join Forest Rangers from where Nkana bought him in 2015, having featured for the Ndola side for two seasons.
Nkana, Forest and Lubumbashi two weeks ago met and formalised the player’s transfer at the request of FAZ.
The agreement was that Forest pays Lubumbashi compensation which was paid, upon which the Congolese club sent a release letter confirming that the player belonged to Nkana and other transfer formalities were done and sent to Football House. But FAZ insists that the player remains suspended until they conclude investigations. FAZ’s continued refusal has angered Nkana who believe the association has failed to apply fair play.
Club acting chief executive officer Mutale Kapwepwe wrote to FAZ asking the association to clear the player before tomorrow’s match against rivals Mufulira Wanderers.
…as a club, we initiated the process and convened a tripartite meeting involving the three clubs at which an agreement was reached and the three parties signed a contractual agreement declaring that Walter Bwalya Binene-Sabwa, is a Nkana player,
“Further, Lubumbashi Sports sent a clearance release letter to Nkana Football Club confirming the said player as a Nkana Football club player. These documents were sent to FAZ and you have them at Football House.”
He stated that the club complied with FAZ’s demands and also unveiled the player as per demand despite not entirely agreeing with its demand.
Furthermore, as a club, would like to express our displeasure and disappointment in the strongest term in that we have been receiving disturbing reports from the DRC that some FAZ officials are trying to block final release of his ITC and are said to be working with some football agents who have been wanting to snatch the player from Nkana Football Club in order to sell him abroad at a fee reported to be in excess of US$400,000,
But FAZ president Andrew Kamanga denied having interests in the player.
“The issue of Walter is being handled by the secretariat. He was summoned weeks ago and I am told he didn’t show up. I am sure one cannot appear on their own without the knowledge of the secretariat. I have no personal interest in this matter other than enforcing the relevant provisions of the relegations…I am in Morocco attending the CAF symposium,” said Kamanga when asked about the allegations that FAZ snubbed the player when he went to appear for questioning on Monday.