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This circus must end

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For the past two decades I have been in the tranches covering sports, football in particular, experience has shown me that Malawian players will never learn and it is a sheer waste of time and resources to reason with them

Since Super League of Malawi (Sulom) opened the players’ transfer window last month there has been a lot of sickening stories hitting the headlines of our daily papers and news bulletins about players’ transfers.

These stories continue to hang like a dark cloud above our football as they continue occupying acres of space in our esteemed daily papers.

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I anticipated that by now, our players could have learnt something from what happened to former Big Bullets’ multi-faceted midfielder Jafali Chande’s transfer to rival camp Be Forward Wanderers.

Last season, Chande’s transfer was shrouded in controversies to the extent that the issue had to be referred to the police on suspicion that his contract documents were forged.

It is surprising that in this day and age there are some players who do not want to learn the importance of respecting the contracts they signed with their respective clubs.

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We have read about Joseph Kamwendo terminating his contract with Wanderers and joining Super League entrants Masters Security that has degenerated into a circus.

Then we have Yamikani Chester trying to terminate his with Azam Tigers despite having a running contract with the club for one more year. This has also resulted into a protracted war of words between the players and his club.

For sure for the next two months, or so, we will also be watching the same comedy but with different protagonists and antagonists. That is the epitome of Malawi football.

It is confusing that instead of following simple procedures of terminating contracts with their clubs, players opt to cut corners.

This is a serious problem which needs divine intervention. A contract is a legal document and it cannot just be altered anyhow to suit one’s ambitions.

I am not surprised with these comedies because Malawi is a country where everything stopped existing 20 years ago. This is a country which is on auto pilot and it lost its compass long ago.

We have a generation of unfortunate footballers who lack proper managers to guide them.

Others may argue that there is need for proper civic education of our players on the issues of contract, but I do not subscribe to that notion because that would be a sheer waste of money and resources. All what they need are managers.

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