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I stand by what I said—Masters General Secretary

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Masters Security General Secretary, Zacharia Nyirenda, has said he does not regret coming out in the open to tell the nation about the team’s financial position.

Last week, Nyirenda told MIJ Radio that it would take the ‘grace of God’ for the team to participate in the TNM Super League this season.

His remarks did not go down well with the team’s owner, Alfred Gangata, who, in an interview with Weekend Nation over the weekend, described Nyirenda’s sentiments as “nonsense”.

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But Nyirenda said it was important for people to have the correct perception of Masters.

“It is important to speak the truth about the team’s position. It will help us and the players psychologically as they will know where to position their mindsets. We are playing for the love of the game.

“Money might come but might not be there [currently]. It is not only us who are in this situation. Most clubs have not paid their players for some months. The whole reason we are in the limelight because of how we positioned ourselves. We positioned our club as top-notch; so, when we have a small issue, people build a mountain out of a molehill,” Nyirenda said.

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Gangata was quoted in the Weekend Nation as saying, having sponsored the team’s participation in the Confederation of African Football Confederation Cup, the team cannot fail to participate in the Super League.

Nyirenda, however, said Gangata should know better about what is happening in the team.

“I don’t know as in what capacity he was speaking. If he was speaking as a club chairman, surely he could have shared my concerns. But if he was interviewed as a sponsor of the club, maybe that is why he was saying that. But I stand what I said,” Nyirenda said.

Masters defender, Richard Chande, has since pleaded with the team’s officials to prioritise players’ welfare.

“We have now been paid part of the outstanding dues. Morale in the team is high. My plea to the officials is that they should maintain this for the betterment of the team,” Chande said.

Last week, Masters players trained for only a day as they were boycotting training, due to the unpaid dues, but managed to hold Civil Sporting Club to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

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