Masters Group of Companies has announced the disbanding of its football club, Masters Security.
The club’s future has been in limbo after its relegation from the TNM Super League last season.
Masters’ General Secretary, Christopher Njeula, said dissolution of the team has commenced after notifying Central Region Football Association (CRFA).
“We have informed our regional association. So far, only five players are still contracted to the club and we will see what to do with them. The rest are free agents,” Njeula said.
He also disclosed that by virtue of the team being relegated to the Central Region Football League Premier Division, contracts for Coach Jabil Maliro and his vice Lytton Mangani were terminated.
Njeula said the two are free to join other teams as free agents.
However, Football Association of Malawi Transfer Matching System and Club Licensing Manager Casper Jangale said his office is yet to receive communication on the matter.
“We will speak when they write us. On the part of players, rules will apply,” Jangale said.
Super League of Malawi vice General Secretary, Zacharia Nyirenda, described the dissolution as a sad development.
Nyirenda, who also served the team as general secretary, said local football needs all its teams to continue developing.
“This is bad news. Masters is a team that has contributed a lot to football development in the country. This is the club that gave me the platform to be what I am today and I enjoyed my time there.
“We were like a family. We took risks and invested a lot in the team to turn it into what it became. But times change and sometimes they change for the worse, and sometimes for the better. We will miss Masters,” Nyirenda said.
Masters produced big name players such as Babatunde Adepoju who moved to Be Forward Wanderers and became its leading goal scorer for the 2019 season.
Two others, Vincent Nyangulu and Francis Mkonda, also joined Wanderers where they are key players.
Masters defied the odds by participating in the Caf Confederation Cup in their maiden season in the Super League where they were booted out 5-0 on aggregate by Angolan side Petro de Luanda.
The Lilongwe-based side returned to the continental competition in 2018 but fell at the first hurdle courtesy of a 3-0 whipping at the hands of Ugandan side Proline FC.
The team’s best moment came in the 2018 season when it lifted the Carlsberg Cup after edging giants Nyasa Big Bullets and Wanderers in the semifinals and final, respectively.
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