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Dedza Young Soccer players fear for future

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Mist surrounds the future of Dedza Young Soccer, barely days after the team was relegated from the TNM Super League.

Dedza dropped to the Chipiku Premier Division after losing 2-1 to Epac at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.

A senior player, who opted for anonymity, said after the loss to Epac, all the players were forced to surrender club equipment, including boots, uniforms and tracksuits.

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He also said all the players, who were staying at the club’s hostel, were also forced to leave.

“I think the way our officials reacted to the loss was not good. They acted as if we did not put up a fight. The behaviour was strange and we don’t know what will happen because the club owes us a lot of money in game bonuses and signing-on fees,” he said.

Dedza chairperson, Blessings Shaba, dismissed the players’ claims.

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“The club will meet soon to discuss what went wrong in the Super League and map the way forward the club,” Shaba said.

Soon after relegation, Dedza coach, Millias Pofela, said he was optimistic that the majority of his players would find it easy to join other Super League teams.

“It’s sad that we are going back to the Chipiku League but I believe that most of my players will attract interest from big teams because they are good,” he said.

Fletcher Bandawe, Chisomo Mpachika, Amadu Makawa and Ferguson Mtondo were some impressive players for Dedza this season.

Most local teams disband after relegation due to various reasons. Mponela United, Eagles Strikers and Ekwendeni Medicals disbanded after being demoted.

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