I won’t release players for club duties- Mtawali

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Malawi national team Flames head coach Ernest Mtawali says he will not release his players for club duties once the final squad is named on Thursday at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre.

The mentor is expected to name his final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup preliminary first leg qualifier against Tanzania next week.

Speaking to the press, Mtawali argued that releasing the selected players for club duties will be too risky for considering how important the Tanzanian clash is to his side.

“It’s a gamble to release the players for club duties. We will face Tanzania next week and if players gets injured while playing for their clubs, it will cost us dearly.

Ernest Mtawali

Mtawali (in white) says no players will be released for club duties.

“I am hoping that FAM, Sulom and all the involved stakeholders will sit down and find a solution but I won’t release my players,” he said.

The decision will definitely affect the Blantyre derby which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, four days before Malawi’s game against the Taifa Stars.

On his part, Mtawali added that he is very much aware that teams will not allow to play without their key players but asked them to consider national team interests as well.

Commenting on the development, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) general secretary Williams Banda says the rules of the game will apply.

“We have the rules regarding the contribution of players to the national team. We are yet to be told the names of the players that will make it into the final squad.

“However, we will still follow the FAM calendar and as far as we are concerned, the games will go ahead as planned,” said Banda.

The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) through general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said they will wait to hear from the Technical Panel on the selected local squad for the clash.

He also added that if it happens that one team has contributed more than four players, the association will seek guidance from Sulom because they are the ones administering the top flight.

Mighty Wanderers and Big Bullets have contributed seven and four players respectively  to the team.

Both clubs have since had reacted on Mtawali’s decision.

“Its not about the number of players contributed to the team but we all know that for the coach to pick a player, he goes for a quality. In this case, any team which contributes a player, should not be given a game,” said Wanderers general secretary Mike Butawo.

Bullets also echoed with their rivals saying it will be difficult to play such an important game without their key players.

“We understand what the coach is saying but this game is very important to us so we are asking all the stakeholders to reach a consensus,” said vice general secretary Kelvin Moyo.

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  1. musapange ngati aliyense amakukondani akochi, tikufuna game saturdy yobeba,ndiye release the players, musaononge spl muzina la tanzania,analiko anzanu,apo bii game ikaseweredwere ku chiwembe konko, musakhale ngati munakulila kunja, u knw malawianz esp bb supotaz u wl c wat wl 4

  2. Moxabixa apa, ntawali akufuna kuxokoneza zokonzekera za big bullets n noma, tangoganizan zidachitika pokhonzekera carzbk kutenga ma pry a bb 7 mu cump zomwe zidaxokoneza game plan ya bb, lero atengakoxo ma key pryz 4 whil neba 2 only, akufunaxo chipambano cipite kwa ayaya bax

  3. ndinaziwa kuti atero after atapepha kuti game ya bullets ndi ayaya aisithe chifukwa anyamata azakhala atatopa kumvulara coz umakhala mpira wakhozo,koma sulom inakana apa wandiwaza heavey or wapanga manyi kutenga Gaba any way flames buuuu!!!!

  4. Tikukakamira mtunda opanda madzi whether asapange release ma playerwo or nt bt Flames cant perform and can not go anywhere. Flames ikuyeneleka kusiya kaye kupanga participate zinazi mpaka pomwe tizakhale kut we r ready to win games to b honest Flames is nt fit @ all tikungoononga dollar. nthawi zonse timapanga participate ku world cup kaya ku Afcon bt zosatira zake zokhumudwitsa nthaw zonse so tiyeni tikhale pansi tiiwelengere patali tizapange nawo participate tili ndi national team yamagazi ena osati zomwe tili nazo panozi. #goodlucky#

  5. solution is simple and straight forward. No team can play a game without their KEY and LOCK players. Therefore, Sulom should stop fighting against the National coach and team. They should be tried for treason due to their unpatriotic behaviour. The club games can be played during the midweek which can not affect their so called Calendar!

  6. Bb vs Noma cme saturday kaya mufuna smufuna kma #Game iliko basi coz mukuopa kupandidwanso kachiwiri kikikikikiki! Musova tikuyendera calender not zamaplayer anuzo #Bibi bullets.

  7. Mtawali earlier said there is no permanent place for any player in flames. How come should he be unwilling to release temporary players for club duties. In the end club officials will tell their players to perform poorly inorder to embarrass flames coach believe you me.

  8. Ukuona ngati zopusazo ife tingagwirizane nazo
    maplayer amene ukunenawo ndimaganiza unawapeza kuma club? Ngati watumidwa akupweteketsa.chomwe tikudziwa ife ndichoti national team siyinachitepo zosangalatsa amalawi wamva

  9. Ameneyu zoti team ikapitisa ma player ambili isamenye adaziona? Zonda, gabeya,fodya,sankhan munatchola,sailesi, NDE mukut kuli game, paja FAM nja noma

  10. players can do without national team but they cant do without clubs. fta all our national team never never brings a smile on our faces but sorrow. i wish club had agreed to stop releasing their players for this so called national duty. nchifukwa chake zimbabwe imakukwapulani olo itayenda pa monorulama kuchokera ku halare. aasa.

  11. hahahahaha amtawali anzanu pano sanalowe mu camp, inu ndiye mukuti chani.camp mpaka mwezi. nation team camp is only for 8days. 5 or 6 days for training and preparations then competetive game

  12. Mesa ma playerwo anawadziwa perfomance yao kuchoka ku ma club nde akuwaletsa chifukwa chani,zoti akhoza kuvulala kapena ayi akudziwa ndi Mulungu kuvulala kwa player sikumenya mpira kokha kudwala malungo kapena chifukwa nako ndi kuvulala. Angowalola kuti apite ku maclub ma coach anzake anapanga kale line up kuphatikiza omwe akuwaletsao

  13. Kape ameneyo kodi mwini wa player ndi ndani akuona ngat ife tingasekerere zopusazo ndiukape wake ndiye izaluze azamva zowawa koma asmatiyese national team siilemba ntchito player mumu uze kape ameneyo

  14. Tipaseni kaye ma player athuwo atimvese kukoma lowelukali musawakakamile ngati kuti mukawinakonso komwe mukupitako. Now adays mpira ukumasangalatsa m’ma club not zanu zomvesa kuphwanyazo.

  15. National team duty is more important! U can reschedule the local game.if bullets or Noma lose,only fans of one team will worry but if National team loses evryone in the country azadanda