By Williams Gondwa:
Malawi national football team interim head coach Meke Mwase has described Nyasa Big Bullets’ decision not to release their players for the Flames camp as unfortunate and disappointing.
Flames regrouped on Tuesday ahead of the first leg of Total African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier against eSwatini on April 20 in Mbabane.
However, 11 Bullets players called into camp did not turn up as reports indicate that the People’s Team wanted to concentrate on their TNM Super League opening match against TN Stars in Kasungu on Saturday.
But Mwase said the players would have been in camp for three days and released on Thursday to concentrate on their club engagements.
Mwase, who ironically is TN Stars coach, said he and striker Stain Davie remained in camp despite that they are playing against Bullets.
“It is very unfortunate; this is a national team call, I thought maybe if they could come and discuss and see the way forward, because we decided that we are breaking again on Thursday morning for Super League games, so, it is very disappointing I can say.
“I am not the right person to take action, I think is the Football Association of Malawi that can take action. So, we will continue with our preparations and hear from the FA. Definitely we do not have time,” Mwase said.
But Bullets administrator, Albert Chigoga, said the decision not to release the players came about because the club felt the timing was wrong.
“We have told them that our players will be available for Flames camp next week Monday. We would like to start the campaign on a high, so we believe that it was good to do that so that our coach cannot have excuses,” Chigoga said.
Bullets won the league title last year with 71 points, with their striker Chiukepo Msowoya winning the golden boot award.
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