By Bernard Mhone:
TNM Super League side, Karonga United, have budgeted K90 million for the team’s operations in the 2020 season.
The team is being sponsored by the community [Karonga] and also hopes to raise additional income through fundraising activities.
“Our fundraising activities like raffle draw will continue this year as we hope to raise more money for easy operation,” said Karonga Chairperson, Alufeyo Chipanga.
He said they were targeting a trophy next season, having narrowly missed the Airtel Top 8 last year when they went down to Silver Strikers 1-0 in the final.
Meanwhile, Chipanga, said following the meeting which they held over the weekend, Karonga will offload 10 players.
“Our technical panel will recommend a list of 10 players to be chopped and eight new faces will be recruited. We will scout players from lower leagues because we do not want Super League players. Our mission is to promote youth talent. But one defender will be recruited from a Super League team to beef up our defence force,” he said.
Karonga want to have a team of 26 players as a way of having a manageable squad.
The lakeshore side will regroup in March in preparation for 2020 season.
Football analyst, Charles Nyirenda, commended Karonga for early planning saying an early bird catches the worm.
“This is what we need. Teams must start planning now, you cannot start planning within two weeks before the kickoff of the season. They know what they want and are strategising in time to put bolts and nuts in space,” he said.
Nyirenda also said that declaring some players redundant will enable the offloaded players to have ample time of determining their future.
“If you tell players that they are not needed at eleventh hour it is bad as they will have limited time to secure another contract,” he said.
Last season, Karonga finished on position 10 with 37 points in the league.