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Football Players Association condemns players’ attack

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CONCERNED—Zakazaka

Football Players Association of Malawi (FPA) has condemned supporters who harass and abuse players when their teams lose.

FPA President Jimmy Zakazaka issued a statement on Monday after learning that Be Forward Wanderers supporters prevented their players from boarding a bus following the club’s recent one-all draw with Kamuzu Barracks at Nankhaka Stadium in Lilongwe a fortnight ago.

Zakazaka said the body also noted that Wanderers supporters harassed their players verbally and threw objects at them after the team lost 0-1 to Mafco on Sunday.

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“The FPA would like to publicly condemn these acts which are not only unacceptable in football, but do seriously infringe on the rights of football players. These acts may prevent the players from applying themselves fully to their teams,” he said.

Zakazaka asked Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and clubs to take serious measures in dealing with these malpractices.

“The FPA therefore would like to request relevant authorities to address these issues and stop them with immediate effect to avoid exposing the players and our members to risks associated with violence, abuse and harassment,” he said.

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FPA was introduced in 2015 to look into football players’ welfare.

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