Relegated TNM Super League side, Masters Security, is clinging to its players despite failing to register in the Chipiku Central Region Football League Premier Division.
Masters have also not paid the players for the past nine months.
The 2018 Carlsberg Cup Champions General Secretary, Christopher Njeula, said none of their players is a free agent.
“Any team interested in our players must contact us. We may not have paid them for several months but that does not mean we no longer own them. The failure to pay them is because of the challenges we are going through,” Njeula said.
He said they are hunting for money to pay the players.
“We are doing everything possible to raise money to pay the players. We still own all our players and none will leave the club without our blessings. Our plan is to loan some out while others might be sold,” Njeula said.
However, one of the players, Kondwani Kumwenda, questioned Masters’ wisdom of clinging to players they cannot pay.
“We have gone nine months without a penny and someone is courageous enough to call us Masters Security players. I find this laughable,” Kumwenda said.
Football Association of Malawi Transfer Matching Systems Manager, Casper Jangale, said Masters players are free to complain to the association.
“We expect players to write us when they are not getting paid. The rules are very clear that if a club fails to pay players their salaries for over two months, the players can write us to seek assistance. Likewise, when a player does not fulfill some of his contractual agreements, the team can do the same.
“However, the situation of Masters is different because we hear the team was disbanded and is being sold. We also hear that they are contemplating playing in the Chipiku League. So this is a complicated matter but one that can be solved,” Jangale said.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.