Blue Eagles’ two coaches and six players have been promoted into various Malawi Police Service (MPS) ranks.
The promotions come barely a week after the Eagles won the 2015 Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation (Sarpcco) Games’ football championship.
Flames midfielder John Banda confirmed on Thursday that he was promoted to inspector from sub inspector, Phillip Masiye has risen from sergeant to sub inspector, whereas Schumacher Kuwali, Wonder Diyala, Chimwemwe Chitedze and Gilbert Chirwa are now sergeants; up from constables.
Banda said the promotion was timely, adding “this will act as a motivation factor for us. We thank MPS for allowing us to participate in the games in Swaziland.”
Coach Derklerk Msakakuona and his deputy Wilson Chidati are reportedly now assistant superintendents.
The Eagles general secretary Ackis Muwanga was not ready for a comment yesterday.
However, MPS deputy spokesperson Nicholas Gondwa yesterday said there was no connection between the promotions and the Eagles’ triumph.
“Following the Inspector General’s recommendation, it pleased the Police Service Commission to promote various police officers with effect from August 1. It is a mere coincident that some of those are Blue Eagles coaches and players,” Gondwa said yesterday.
MPS dispatched 81 athletes to the competition, held from July 22 to August 4 in Swaziland, with the Eagles representing the Malawi police on the football side.
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