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Some 12 days after reporting for Malawi national football team duties, striker Chawanangwa Kawonga and midfielder Chimango Kayira are in hot soup as they are yet to report back to their respective Mozambican clubs.

Kawonga and Kayira, who play for Costa do Sol and FC Chibuto respectively, protested against Football Association of Malawi (Fam) arrangements that they should travel by road from Malawi and catch a flight from Tete Province in Mozambique.

Chawanangwa has, since the Flames game against Tanzania on October 7 and 11, 2015 in Dar es Salaam and Blantyre, been putting up at the home of his former club, Silver Strikers, acting-general secretary, Fred Kalonga, in Lilongwe.

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“They boy is saying why should he connect from Tete when he flew straight from Mozambique to Dar es Salaam [for a Fifa World Cup qualifier, first leg]?,” Kalonga said about the striker who took advantage of his prolonged stay to visit his parents in Mzuzu.

“We have negotiated with Fam and changed the flight from Kamuzu International Airport to Mozambique via Johannesburg, South Africa [yesterday]. May be Fam is trying to save money. The player is also partly to blame.”

“The chair is angry. In the second week of November, Kawonga is supposed to travel to Portugal, but now the club chair is having second thoughts. The boy is a bit to blame, but also the FA share the blame,” Kalonga added.

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On the other hand, Kayira only left for Mozambique on Thursday through Tete where he is stranded. However, goalkeeper Simplex Nthala returned to Maxaquene FC last week.

“When I arrived here in Tete, they kept me on the waiting-list. Today [yesterday], it was the same thing. I have had to pay a fee for them to put me on the travelling list,” Kayira complained.

“I do not want to be seen as being against my bosses at Fam, but when they book us to fly out through Johannesburg, we travel smoothly.It is an unpleasant experience having to jump into minibuses from Malawi to Tete.”

However, Kawonga’s prolonged stay in Malawi has, according to his manager James Nelito Pondamale, annoyed his Mozambique employers, Chibuto.

The team’s chairperson, Junaide Lalgy, who is currently in Portugal negotiating for Kawonga’s trials at a second division side, expressed disappointment over the turn of events.

Kawonga did not entertain questions sent to him through Whatsup, but Pondamale confirmed that his client was expected to fly out yesterday.

Malawi News has seen Lalgy’s e-mailed letter to Pondamale complaining about Kawonga’s whereabouts. Pondamale faulted the player for not informing Chibuto about the delay and Fam for booking through Tete.

“I would like to express my dissatisafaction with the behaviour. This is what makes the difference with our players. There is a huge lack of professionalism,” Lalgy wrote.

“I am currently in Europe and managed to find a club for him to go earlier in November just after finishing Mocambola. I am very disappointed with this and we will have to take disciplinary measures against this.”

Fam general secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, did not respond to a questionnaire.

Flames team manager, Clement Kafwafwa, insisted during the week that all he knows is that all foreign-based players were released back to their respective clubs.

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