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Premier Bet Wizards’ Technical Director, Peter Mponda, has hit back at some of the TNM Super League club’s players who are accusing him of allegedly abusing them over their outstanding dues.

Mponda has challenged the players, who spoke to The Daily Times’ on condition of anonymity, to leave if they do not want to play for the team.

The players complained that they did not receive their full monthly wages for two months, and got absolutely nothing in months towards the end of the 2016 campaign.

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The three players, who are still contracted to the Wizards, said they were fed up and that

nearly half of the squad was boycotting training.

The players are entitled to K50,000 each as monthly wages and K15,000 as a game bonus for a win.

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“I have been with the team from the time we were under Surestream management. All was well but when Premier Bet gave the team K10 million [midway through last season] things started going sour,” he explained.

“I was surprised that in the first month of the second round of the 2016 season, we got half of the wages. We thought it was an error, but it also happened in the preceding month. Eventually, the money completely stopped coming in.”

Another player said that he failed to lodge a complaint to Mponda, claiming that he was

hard to approach.

Mponda confirmed that some players boycotted training towards the end of last season, but said it was for their own reasons.

He could, however, neither deny nor confirm if the players were not paid in full.

“It will be hard for me to answer that question. If they do not want to play, they can leave. I do not have time pleading with a player to play for me,” said Mponda whose side narrowly survived Super League relegation last season.

Recently, Mponda confirmed to have submitted a proposal to Premier Bet seeking an improved package to enable the team hold on to its top players.

In the last two seasons, Wizards have sold players such as Brighton Munthali, Levison Maganizo, Tilekeleni Joseph and Mike Mkwate. Bester Banda and Eneya Banda are also reportedly on their way out of Wizards.

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