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Big Bullets effect pay cut

Players deducted K40,000 each

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Albert Chigoga

TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets have effected a pay cut for the players and officials due to the impact of coronavirus pandemic.

The players have received K40, 000 less salary this month. Bullets captain John Lanjesi and his vice Chimango Kaira refused to speak on the matter when contacted Sunday.

However, inside sources within Bullets confirmed Sunday that the club deducted their salaries.

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“It is true that our salaries have been deducted but the club did not explain to us,” said one of the players.

Reports suggest that Bullets management had deducted K40, 000 from the player’s salary as Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is providing Covid-19 Special Fund to all TNM Super League clubs.

In separate interviews, Bullets Chief Administration Officer, Albert Chigoga and Chief Executive Officer, Escort Chinula could neither deny nor confirm the development.

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But both Chigoga and Chinula promised to come back to us but did not.

Recently, Capital City giants Silver Strikers also planned to deduct K40,000 from players’ salary last month but changed tune after the players rejected the decision.

When asked Sunday, Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali said the club would not implement pay cut.

“The players will get full pay as earlier agreed. We thought we will not do justice to players if we reduce the salary because they are getting a bonus from Fam,” Chimbali said.

Recently, Bullets players rejected a 50 percent players’ salary cut after the club announced plans in response to the pandemic.

Be Forward Wanderers were the first to accept pay cut after their sponsors Be Forward effected 30 to 50 percent sponsorship cut. The future of football is uncertain in the country due to the pandemic. In the absence of football, local players are not getting game bonuses and training allowances.

Super League teams have not started group training ahead of the resumption of the game slated for August.

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