Malawi national football team defender, Limbikani Mzava, has called for improved conditions for national team players.
Mzava, who plays for South Africa Premier Soccer League side Highlands Park, made the call after announcing that he was ready to return to the Flames.
The former Tigers player said there was need to revise allowances and game bonuses so that players can invest in proper businesses.
“National team players need improved game bonuses. This will help them invest into something that will help them to keep going after their playing days. It is pathetic to learn that most players who served the national team are destitute as if they did not contribute to the country’s development. We should be treated as employees in any workplace,” Mzava said.
Football Association of Malawi General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said they sent a proposal to the government on the matter.
“We appreciate the need to improve allowances for Flames players. We are talking to the government on the matter. We cannot make a decision on our own. We have to wait for approval from the government.
“Our consideration has always been that our players’ package should go up. However, the national team is the government’s responsibility and we can only suggest. This we did and we are just waiting for the response,” Gunda said.
The Flames return to action in October and November after failing to travel to Burkina Faso in March for an Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier.
Malawi are expected to compete in the Cosafa Cup in October before resuming Afcon qualifiers the following month.