…players down tools
They were supposed to start their training on Tuesday afternoon in readiness for the crucial weekend fixtures but Nyasa Big Bullets players have started their boycott over unpaid K45 million signing on-fee, Malawi24 can reveal.
After giving their executive a one-week deadline, nothing tangible was on the table, forcing the players to start their boycott days after drawing with rookies Wizards FC in a league match played at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday.
The team’s vice captain Bashir Maunde confirmed the development saying as players, they have had enough.
“As you may recall, we gave them a deadline to sort out our problems but they did nothing and as players, we will not take to the pitch until our monies are paid. We can’t keep on playing yet we have got unresolved issues with the executive,” said Maunde.
Bullets clinched a K0.5 billion sponsorship deal with Nyasa Manufacturing Company earlier this year but reports indicate that the sponsors have nothing to do with the issue at hand.
Currently, club chairman Sam Chilunga is out of the country for official duties.
Efforts to speak to the team’s officials proved futile. Earlier last week, Bullets Captain Chiukepo Msowoya told this publication that apart from the signing on fee, the team is owning them K8 million in allowances.
With half of their K100 million package from their sponsors already used, it is a major doubt if the players demands will be met before Bullets’s two crucial league fixtures in Lilongwe this weekend.