Mzuni FC’s officials fear that the on-going sit-in by Mzuzu University’s lecturers and junior staff might affect the team’s preparations for TNM Super League games.
Mzuni FC travel to Blantyre to meet Max Bullets and Premier Bet Wizards on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Mzuni FC will likely get free points from the disbanded Max Bullets.
Mzuni FC’s Chairperson, Felix Bello, admitted in an interview with The Daily Times on Tuesday that the sit-in had brought uncertainty to the institution’s football team.
“Yes, the situation is a bit complicated at the moment. We have one worry– our preparations are being compromised. But we will do anything possible to travel to fulfill those games,” Bello said.
The Chairperson, a lecturer himself, however said he hopes that the team travels to Blantyre this weekend, as the majority of the technical panel are not lecturers.
“If it was not about travelling to fulfill our league fixtures, then it could have been that trip to Lilongwe over a week ago, because at that time this sit-in issue was just starting,” Bello added
“I must also say that the Coach [Alex Ngwira] and his deputy [McNebart Kazuwa], among others, are like any other Mzuni employee, but they are not part and parcel of the sit-in considering that the whole sit-in idea is bordering on academic staff.”
Meanwhile, Mzuni FC’s Vice-Captain, Hudson Milanzi, has insisted that the on-going elephants-fight between the institution’s Academic Staff Union and its Non-Academic Staff Trade Union concerning salary dispute is not affecting the players’ morale.
“On the pitch, everything is going on well. We are trying as much as possible not to think about it by just concentrating on training,” he said.
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