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Teams accused of dumping injured players

Some local football analysts have lambasted TNM Super League teams for abandoning their players when they get injured.

The analysts were referring to Nyasa Big Bullets goalkeeper, Vincent Gona, who has spent a year without proper medical attention.

He needs an estimated K3.1 million to undergo an operation. Bullets have since embarked on a fund-raising for Gona and midfielder Chikondi Likwemba, who also needs K1.4 million for treatment.

Striker Brown Mizeyi is almost forgotten now because of injury.

Local football expert, Charles Nyirenda, said that medical insurance for players should be mandatory.

“We need to be serious with the life of the players. We have lost many up-and-coming players through injury because we don’t give them proper medical attention,” Nyirenda said.

Former Players Association Chairperson, Ojukwu Malunga, pleaded with Bullets officials to quickly assist the players.

“Bullets are a big club and they generate a lot of money during games. It would have been good if they had allocated a small percentage from the gate revenue for the players’ proper treatment. It is a sad development,” Malunga said.

Bullets Acting-General Secretary, Kelvin Moyo, said the club was sourcing funds to send the goalkeeper to Beit Cure International Hospital.

“We are concerned that he is such a situation, but we hope that very soon he will receive good medical attention. It’s not only Bullets that have problems, but as a nation we look at things upside down. He will be assisted within 45 days,” Moyo claimed.

Silver Strikers also failed to pay for medical bills for defender Panganeni Ndovi and Bothwell Saka, who eventually retired prematurely.

Silver Acting-General Secretary, Thabo Chakaka-Nyirenda, on Wednesday said effective this season, all players will be insured.

Recently, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) drafted a Players’ Welfare Fund policy, which among others, will assist the players to have a medical scheme and injury insurance.

Most clubs are also ignoring players’ medical insurance which Sulom introduced in 2015 after former Bullets defender Douglas Chirambo died following suspected poor medical attention.

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