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Silver Strikers u-turn on pay cuts

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Thokozani Chimbali

Silver Strikers have assured their players and technical staff of full pay despite Football Association of Malawi (Fam) providing Covid-19 relief funding to all 16 TNM Super League clubs.

The Central Bankers had earlier communicated to the players that they would get K40,000 less in monthly upkeep.

The communication followed Fam’s announcement that it would start disbursing Covid-19 relief funds after getting approval from world football governing body, Fifa.

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However, Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali said after consultations, the club decided against the deduction.

“It was agreed that there will be no pay cuts at Silver. The Covid-19 funds will be regarded as a bonus to our players and technical staff while we map the way forward from June onwards. Everyone will get their upkeep money in full,” Chimbali said.

Silver Captain, Young Chimodzi Junior, said the assurance of full pay was a motivation to the players.

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“We have received our full salaries and we are very excited. This is a motivation to us as players and we will work hard for the sake of the team when the season starts,” Chimodzi Junior said.

Fam arranged that all registered players from every Super League club, coaches and officials will be receiving K40,000 from the association to cushion them from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Be Forward Wanderers became the first club to effect pay cuts to players’ salaries after their Japanese sponsor announced a 30 percent temporary sponsorship cut.

Their bitter rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets, announced that they would follow suit from this month but later reversed the move after players declined to take the cut.

Silver, who won the Airtel Top 8 Cup last season, are under pressure to win the league title after missing it for six consecutive years.

The Lilongwe-based side is hoping to regain its lost glory having embarked on a rebuilding exercise that has seen it employing Zambian Daniel Kabwe on a two-year deal.

But Kabwe‘s coaching prowess is yet to be tested as football in the country remains suspended due to the pandemic.

Silver bolstered their squad with players such as Foster Biton, Patrick Macheso, Stain Davie, Chikondi Kamanga, Misheck Malaisha and Mphatso Zongololo.

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