Be Forward Wanderers’ first-choice goalkeeper, Richard Chipuwa, shunned Saturday’s TNM Super League game against Premier Bet Wizards, due to alleged death threats.
Wanderers’ Team Manager, Steve Madeira, confirmed after their 2-0 win over Wizards at Kamuzu Stadium that Chipuwa received the threats following last weekend’s 1-2 loss to Kamuzu Barracks FC in Lilongwe.
Madeira said the threats forced the team to feature Goalkeeper Trainer, Valence Kamzere.
“I strongly condemn the act by our supporters. I think we need to learn that as a team, we cannot do well all the time. There are times we have to lose and win. Of course, the use of Kamzere did not affect our Saturday’s game because he is a good goalkeeper, but I must admit that I rate Chipuwa highly,” he said.
Madeira said the technical panel will visit Chipuwa to encourage him to return to the field of play.
Chipuwa joined Wanderers in the course of the season after his move to Chingale de Tete in Mozambique collapsed due to a contractual disputes.
Wanderers have been rocked with problems as some players boycotted training last week to force their management to pay September’s salaries and allowances.
Some supporters also called for the resignation of Wanderers’ Executive Committee.
Wanderers’ vice-chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, said the players were not paid due to the sponsor, Be Forward Limited’s delayed release of the month’s allocation.
Following the win over Wizards, the Nomads moved from position eight to six with 35 points.
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