By Bernard Mhone:
At least nine Mzuni FC players have not reported for duties months after they received K32 million from Mzuzu University having won a breach of contract dispute with the former employer.
Suzgo Mwakasinga, Lameck Njawala, Luckson Sangano, Mathews Salirana, Gad Chirwa, Ramadhan Ntafu, Anzeru Joseph and Joseph Mbaga are some of the players who are absconding from duties.
Mzuni Coach, Gilbert Chirwa, said the development has contributed to the team’s poor performance in TNM Super League in the second round.
“Some of our players, about eight to nine of them, are not present because when they won the case at the court, they were given money and they decided not to come so we do not want to worry about them but we will continue with the team and encourage the present boys to collect maximum points,” Chirwa was speaking after Mzuni played out to a one-all-draw against Blue Eagles on Sunday.
Mzuni General Secretary, Donnex Chilonga said the players were still contracted to the team.
He said some of the players were given few days off to sort out personal issues.
“Some gave us an excuse that they wanted to visit their homes and we allowed them for few days but up to date they are not appearing to the team. When we call them they just say we are coming and we are waiting for them. They are our players and they have made the name because of Mzuni,” Chilonga said.
Chilonga said the players will face disciplinary action upon their return.
One of the missing players, Ramadhan Ntafu who is currently in Tanzania, said he has some family engagements which delayed him.
Mzuni lie on position 13 with 21 points from 22 games. The side has been in financial woes ever since sponsors—Mzuzu University—pulled out at the start of the 2019 Super League season.