Munthali banned as Nkana is fined

Power Dynamos and Chipolopolo defender, Christopher Munthali, has been banned from all football activities for a period of two months effective 10th February 2016.
Munthali has been sanctioned for signing a contract with Nkana Football club when he was well aware that he already had a running contract with Power Dynamos until December 2016.
Delivering judgment on Wednesday afternoon at Football House, Player Status Committee Chairman, Lombe Mbalashi said apart from the sanctions imposed on the player, Nkana Football Club has also been fined K10,000 for failure to do a due diligence check on the information that Munthali presented to them (Nkana) at the time they offered a contract to the defender.
“The committee has heard from all parties involved and has since decided on the following; Mr Christopher Munthali gets a two months ban from football for signing two contracts with two different clubs. Nkana being a big and experienced club were expected to double check the status of the player with Power Dynamos before offering him a contract. For not doing the needful, Nkana have been fined K10, 000. This committee has further ruled that Mr. Christopher Munthali should immediately return to Power Dynamos as per contract presented by Power Dynamos during the hearing,’ Mbalashi said.
Munthali has been at the centre of a twist between Power Dynamos and Nkana football clubs, with both soccer giants claiming ownership of the towering defender.
Meanwhile, Mbalashi has warned Football Administrators to always do due diligence checks on information presented by players whose services they may be interested in. Mbalashi says the case of Munthali should be the last one his committee is hearing. Munthali has been strongly cautioned against such behaviour and advised that he is not being victimised but as a senior player he ought to exhibit high levels of integrity.
“It is now your duty to go and tell your fellow players that this is wrong and we will not hesitate to punish those found wanting. Count yourself lucky and thank the Players Union for mitigating on your behalf, and let this be the last time we hear of such a matter. Cases of such matter must cease hence forth. When you look at this issue you realise that if Nkana had just asked their neighbours,(Power) we would not have been here, in future we shall exact maximum punishment, Mbalashi warned.
And Interim Chairperson for the Committee, spearheading the formation of the Zambia Football Players Union, Linos Chalwe is happy that he was allowed to be an observer during the hearing of the Munthali case.

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