Masters Security players stormed cashiers room and snatched the teams share in the match against Nyasa Big Bullets on Sunday, in the TNM super League at Dedza stadium, malawisports.com can reveal’
Williams Banda, general secretary of Super League of Malawi (Sulom) confirmed the development.
The players led by their Captain Richard Chande,went away with cash amounting to K240, 000 following the club’s failure to pay them for three months.
“We were left with no other option but to take action, because the club is failing to pay our dues, we have families that we look after, how does the club think we are surviving staying three months without pay,” justified Chande.
Abbas Makawa the team’s Coach stated the same concerns of the player’s welfare which affected the team’s performance in the match against Be Forward Wanderers a week ago which they lost.
But despite the team’s financial crisis, still they managed to gain a point from Nyasa Big Bullets following a goalless draw.
However the two teams are representing Malawi in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) club competitions. Bullets will participate in Champions League while Masters are flag-carriers in the confederations Cup. A struggle of both teams in the league raised questions on whether they can survive the competitions.
While Bullets problems are on the pitch, Masters seems technical as well as financially challenged, However, Casper Jangale the Football Association of Malawi(FAM) club licensing and compliance said the two teams managed to provide K15 million surety.
“The teams were both certified by banks as their surety “said Jangale.
On the players’ grievances, Jangale said they could have used a better channel than to grab the gate revenue.