Civo Service United have agreed to stop paying members of technical panel benefits such as fuel and airtime on a short-term due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The club’s General Secretary, Ronald Chiwaula confirmed the development but said it was a short term measure and it will only affect the technical panel.
They will get their monthly upkeeps in full. We agreed that there is no need to pay them fuel and airtime because they are not reporting for duties due to Coronavirus pandemic. The players will still get their monthly upkeeps in full,” Chiwaula said.
The development has affected head coach Franco Ndawa, his assistant Elia Kananji and team manager Gabriel Chirwa. Reports suggest that each of the three technical panel pocket about K90,000 and K20,000 as fuel and airtime allowances per month, respectively.
Chirwa was reluctant to comment on the matter saying the club was yet to brief them.
“It is difficult for me to talk about it. The club will communicate to us if there is any new development,” Chirwa said.
Civo finished fifth in the TNM Super League last season with 44 points. The club has failed to win any silverware for five consecutive years. Ahead of the 2020 season, Civo have signed former Flames goalkeeper Charles Swini who returned home after a three year stint with Mozambican giants UD Songo. They are on the verge of signing former Nyasa Big Bullets defender Bashir Maunde.