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Albert Chigoga

Injured Malawi Under-20 women’s national football coach, Maggie Chombo Sadik, has voiced out her frustration at Football Association of Malawi’s (Fam) lack of interest to send her for further treatment.

Chombo-Sadik sustained a fracture on her left leg as she was demonstrating to her charges at Kamuzu Stadium in January ahead of the away second leg game of 2020 Women’s Under-20 Fifa World Cup qualifier against their Zimbabwean counterparts.

However, the Blantyre Zero founder said she was still in pain.

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She was advised to undergo further treatment at Beit Cure.

“I am still grounded since January 24 this year. Fam gave me K200,000 for my treatment but it is on the lower side looking at the nature of my injury and treatment. I was supposed to be treated at Beit Cure but they are not in full operational. I cannot walk as I used to be I am in pain since the time I got injury,” Chombo- Sadik said.

Following the injury, Chombo said needs a hired driver to take her around fulfiling some personal errands.

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However, National Women’ Football Association chairperson Suzgo Ngwira referred the issue to Fam saying the national football governing body was supposed to compensate the coach.

Meanwhile, Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda said they were still monitoring Chombo’s injury and promised to send her for further treatment when the right hospital is identified.

“The problem is that Beit Cure International is no longer admitting patients due to Covid-19 pandemic. We are in the process of identifying a hospital where she can be treated. Upon her full recovery we shall now look at issues to do with compensation,” he said.

Chombo is considered as one of the women’s football pioneers in the country. She has both captained and coached the Malawi women’s national football team.

However, former Nyasa Big Bullets General Secretary Higger Mkandawire advised Fam to secure insurance for all national teams players as this was the only remedy to curb this problem.

“Fam should have been the first to realise the importance of having all national team players for both senior and junior teams covered by insurance. This should apply to both women’s and men’s national teams. Chombo’s case is a similar scenario with that of Maxwell Chirwa [a former Be Forward Wanderers winger] who got injured during the Independence Day celebration match while playing for the national team. He eventually hanged his boots,” Mkandawire said.

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