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Civo United hike players’ bonuses in a bid to escape relegation

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In a desperate shot to survive in the TNM Super League, struggling Civo United’s Executive Committee has increased bonuses and salaries for players.

The civil servants are yet to win in league’s seven consecutive second round games. Over the weekend, Civo lost 1-2 at home to Be Forward Wanderers before succumbing to a 3-1 defeat away to Dwangwa United.

Staring relegation in the eye, the club’s officials visited the team’s training session at Civo Stadium on Wednesday to seek an audience with the players.

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Civo Vice-General Secretary, Ronald Chiwaula, and captain, Nelson Kangunje, Thursday confirmed about the meeting.

Chiwaula said the team’s poor performance was disappointing as they lie on 13th position with 19 points from 22 games.

He said after hearing from the players, the conclusion was that they were not committed due to poor salaries and bonuses.

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“Civo is one of the few clubs that pays its players better. It is unfortunate that the country is going through economic hardships. So, we told them that we will increase their bonuses from K14,000 to K25,000 for a win. This development is with effect from this coming Sunday when we play Silver Strikers,” Chiwaula said.

However, Kangunje said there were several factors that have led to Civo’s loss of their glory.

He added that the players were complaining about their welfare.

Kangunje said the relationship between the players and the technical panel was strained.

“As players, we are not happy with the results. A big club such as Civo cannot go up to five matches without a win. We have told them [executive] what we want and they have promised us that things will change. We will do everything possible to return to winning ways as we are among the bottom-placed teams.”

Recently, Civo hired coach, Charles Manda, to replace Millias Pofera, but results have not improved.

It is reported that Manda is in Blantyre for a breather. Civo also struggled in the league last season, but picked up form to win the now defunct Standard Bank Knock-Out Trophy.

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