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Broke Wanderers suspend training

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Cash-strapped Mighty Be Forward Wanderers players have forced the club’s hierarchy to suspend training sessions as a way of controlling the team’s growing debt.

Wanderers Captain Alfred Manyozo Jr made the revelation Wednesday, saying they reached an agreement with the officials after they realised that the executive committee was struggling to provide training allowances.

“We stopped going to training immediately after Super League of Malawi (Sulom) announced that it had suspended the league for three weeks. We felt it was important to stop training to give the executive ample time to source money. You might wish to know that we were not even getting transport allowance to attend training,” he said.

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Wanderers owe their players K12 million in two months’ salaries.

However, Manyozo feared the suspension might affect the players’ form and level of fitness.

“We do not know when we will resume our training but it is a worrisome development because our colleagues are still training. This will affect our performance when we start playing games again,” he said.

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However, the clubs’ general secretary Victor Maunde contradicted Manyozo, arguing that they wanted to give the team a break.

“It was just normal for us to have a break. The plan was to regroup this week; so, we will regroup tomorrow [Thursday],” he said.

Meanwhile, renowned soccer analyst Kevin Moyo has backed the suspension of training at Wanderers saying it will help them to concentrate on raising funds ahead of the return of the league.

“They have nothing to do. Failing to provide training allowances means there is a big problem. This should also tell us that clubs will find it hard to finish the season as they are not getting any revenue with the ban imposed on supporters due to Covid,” he said.

The club’s new administration reportedly inherited a debt of over K75 million.

Wanderers are also swimming in financial difficulties after Japanese second-hand car dealers, Be Forward Limited, withdrew sponsorship on December 31 2020.

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