Council proposes introduction of code of conduct
Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) is proposing the introduction of a code of conduct for national team players to be exemplary during international assignments.
The introduction of code of conduct will help curb indiscipline and boycott threats if enforced by all sport associations.
Council Board Chairperson Sunduzwayo Madise made the suggestion after recently meeting with various sport associations at Malawi Sun Hotel in Blantyre.
His remarks followed a success story of Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) where the code of conduct is enforced.
During the sport guidelines review meeting, Chessam Publicity Secretary Francis Mwangupili said Chess National Team players sign code of conduct prior to international commitments.
“They sign the code of conduct because they represent the country. This helps them maintain discipline. For instance we encourage them to follow competition rules and properly dress.
“If they have grievances they are advised to channel them through normal means. We do not want them to behave in a manner that will likely put the sport in disrepute,” he said.
Mwangupili said depending on reports from the leader of delegation, officials or other concerned members, Chessam summons indiscipline players for disciplinary hearing where a proper verdict is announced.
In reaction, Madise urged other associations to consider introducing code of conduct to get rid of unbecoming behaviour.
“I think this is the way to go. Perhaps the Football Association of Malawi and Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) should consider developing and enforcing the code of conduct.
“Most issues to do with boycotts come from the two associations. Surprisingly, they get their dues with or without boycott threats. However, introducing a code of conduct can help the players to act professionally,” he said.
Nam President Abigail Shariff said it is a welcome development.
“Nam has a code of conduct, however we need to review it to accommodate the latest developments,” she said.
As we were going to press, Fam officials were yet to respond to our questionnaire.
Recently, Malawi National Football Team players threatened to boycott their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt over unpaid external travel and game bonuses.
The government was forced to release funds but the Flames went on to lose 4-0 at home.
On the other hand, the Malawi National Netball Team uses the media to air out their grievances.