By Bernard Mhone:
TNM Super League table anchors Mzuzu Warriors have been hit with a blow after 11 players stopped reporting for duties due to unknown reasons.
Some of the players include former Nyasa Big Bullets forward Collen Nkhulambe, Leonard Manda, Lackson Singano, Wacheta Mwenefumbo, Precious Washali, Suzgo Mwakasinga, Solomon Mtanga, Steve Madimba, Johnston Mhone and Sheriz Chiumia.
Warriors Coach Gilbert Chirwa said the development has affected them as there was lack of competition following the absence of the players.
“Competition in the team has completely gone down. When you have a full team, you also have a wide range of selection and formation. We signed 28 players but only 17 players are available. Some players are absent because we are passing through financial challenges,” Chirwa said.
Warriors General Secretary Donnex Chilonga claimed that the 11 players have running contracts with the team.
“These players are cowards. They lack fighting spirit. As an executive, we are trying to provide the much-needed support,” he said.
One of the players, Nkhulambe, who has joined Moyale Barracks on a two-year-deal, said he left the club due to personal reasons.
“Last season we played without getting paid but I have moved to face other challenges,” Nkhulambe said.
The development comes at a time Warriors are at the bottom of the log table with 15 points from 23 games after registering four wins and 16 losses. The side remains with seven games to conclude the season.
In 2019 season, at least nine Warriors players, then known as Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC, absconded from duties after pocketing K32 million from Mzuzu University having won a breach-of-contract dispute against their former employer.