Masters Security FC owner, Alfred Gangata, has swallowed his pride and called for support to enable his side to travel to Uganda for a Confederation Cup preliminary round match against Proline FC.
Masters are expected to fly to Kampala tomorrow and, according to Gangata, the team needs K45 million to fulfil home and away ties.
“I have done my part and need assistance from the government, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) as we are representing the nation.
We are struggling financially and I don’t benefit anything from this. I help the boys to play football so that they can be marketable and play for bigger clubs,” Gangata said.
A fortnight ago, Masters players boycotted training sessions and a TNM Super League match against Mzuni FC in protest over unpaid dues.
Masters face Proline on Saturday with a return match scheduled for Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe after two weeks.
Last year, Masters were booted out of the preliminary round of the same competition after going down to Angolan side Petro de Luanda 5-1 on goal aggregate.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, yesterday said the association had played its part by meeting expenses of Masters’ head of delegation, a cost which is supposed to be borne by teams when travelling.
“We have done our part but, somehow, the teams are highlighting this. We also expected the teams to be ready financially when they were joining the competition. Anyway, let all stakeholders help Masters and even Nyasa Big Bullets because these teams are representing the nation,” Jangale said.
In Uganda, the football association has pledged to meet air ticket expenses for the country’s teams that are participating in the continental competitions.