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Big Bullets, Wanderers players report clubs to players’ union over salary cuts

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Albert Chigoga

Wrangles surrounding salary issues are refusing to die at Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers where some players have sought intervention from Football Players Union (FPU).

The players are up in arms against their club officials for what they claim is failure to follow proper procedures in effecting salary cuts.

FPU president, Ernest Mangani, said they have received several complaints from the two clubs’ players on the matter.

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Mangani refused to reveal identities of the players but The Daily Times has established that all Malawi national football team players from the two clubs are members of the union and are likely to have been among the complainants.

Mangani said they are arranging to meet Bullets and Wanderers officials on the matter.

“The players indeed approached us for assistance and we have taken up the matter. We are arranging to meet Bullets and Wanderers officials to hear from them.

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“We regret the manner in which the two clubs are treating their players on the salary cuts issue. We find this unprocedural and we are taking it up to protect our members. No law allows teams to effect salary cuts without players’ consent,” Mangani said.

Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde, expressed ignorance on the matter.

“We have not been furnished with any complaint yet and I cannot comment on something I have not seen. I need time to establish facts of the matter,” Maunde said.

But Maunde confirmed that the Nomads made a 60 per cent cut to their players’ salaries following financial challenges that the team is going through after Be Forward reduced sponsorship.

Bullets Chief Administration Officer, Albert Chigoga, faulted his players for taking the matter to a third party.

“Bullets is a professional club that has procedures for presenting grievances. Going to a third party before engaging club leadership is unprofessional and not in keeping with our norms,” Chigoga said.

Bullets are reported to have unilaterally deducted K40,000 from their players’ June salaries, a move that has not gone down well with their stars.

Local clubs continue to suffer from effects of sports suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kick off of the 2020 season was halted on March 20 as the government battled to put coronavirus under control.

The suspension has crippled clubs financially as they heavily depend on gate collections to sustain their operations.

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