NOMADS BITTER: We didn’t budget for Karonga trip—Madeira
Tnm Super League leaders, Be Forward Wanderers, have said they will travel reluctantly to Karonga for Saturday’s TNM Super League second-round game against Chitipa United.
Wanderers Team Manager, Steve Madeira, Tuesday said they did not budget for such “a long distance trip”.
“It’s a long way in the season. We did not budget to play in Karonga. Nevertheless, we are a big club and wherever we will be asked to play, we will go,” Madeira said.
Coach Yasin Osman’s men will, from Karonga, proceed to Mzuzu to face Moyale Barracks the following day.
“I think next time those responsible for making fixtures should consider this scenario, which is difficult.
“It is better for a team to travel to Karonga then play in Mzuzu after a month or so… not as is the case now,” Madeira added.
Wanderers also travelled to Mzuzu a fortnight ago and lost 2-0 to Moyale Barracks to exit the Fisd Challenge Cup.
Due to high transportation costs, teams prefer playing two consecutive games on the road. Locally, it is usually only home teams that play one game per week.
The newly-opened Karonga facility, which was constructed through Local Development Fund, will host a Super League game for the first time.
Football Association of Malawi officials are expected to inspect the stadium tomorrow.
Chitipa General Secretary, Marshall Mwenechanya, said they were excited with the prospect of hosting Wanderers.
Super League of Malawi General Secretary, Williams Banda, yesterday said Wanderers have not lodged a complaint to the league.
“This is a return match, implying that Chitipa also travelled all the way from Chitipa to Blantyre to face Wanderers in the first-round.
“Teams also travel from Chitowe to Lilongwe, a distance of 320 kilometres, to fulfil fixtures [which is similar to Karonga to Mzuzu],” Banda said.
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