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John Banda, others in 50% pay cut

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Flames captain John Banda alongside his brother Frank Banda and striker Schumacher Kuwali have not been spared from the pains of Covid-19 pandemic after their team announced a salary cut of 50 percent.

Mozambican giants UD Songo effected pay cut to all players due to Covid-19 pandemic.

In an interview Tuesday, CJ confirmed that the club told them that they would be getting half pay due to the economic knockdown caused by pandemic.

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“We understand the situation and we agreed to take a pay cut for the good of the club. Things are not normal across the globe, so we had no choice but to accept it,” Banda said.

CJ, Frank and Kuwali are in the country after football was also suspended in Mozambique as a result of the pandemic. The three players are expected to return to Mozambique on June 15 after lockdown in that country was extended for another 30 days.

Kuwali also confirmed the development in an interview Tuesday.

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“It is really a tough situation for everyone in the world. The club was not spared from the problems and we accepted to take a pay cut,” Kuwali added.

Kuwali joined UD Songo from Blue Eagles.

The trio was in the country recently with UD Songo team which participated in the Nyasa Big Bullets’ Energem International Bonanza which was won by Zimbabwe giants Chicken Inn.

Both CJ and Kuwali played for Ferroviario de Nampula for two seasons. However, the Flames captain joined Songo at the end of the 2018 season but Kuwali returned home before re-uniting with CJ in January this year.

CJ extended his contract in January before football was halted due to Covid-19.

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