Big Bullets players have gone on strike to express their anger over poor gate collections during Saturday’s TNM Super League derby against Be Forward Wanderers.
The players who have demanded for the removal of three officials, including the club’s general secretary, Titha Mandiza have gone second day without reporting for training.
The other officials on the player’s chopping board include supporters’ committee secretary, Mabvuto Chibambo and supporters’ treasurer, Bruce Tambwali.
In their petition which they sent to the club, the players have accused the three officials of having some knowledge on the issue of the gate collections.
The whole saga started after their game against Wanderers grossed K16 million, while the first round match which their rivals Wanderers hosted, grossed about K26.8 million.
One of the senior players, who spoke to Malawi News Agency and opted for anonymity, said they have agreed not to report for training unless the three officials are fired from their positions.
“We are now hoes for some people to use for excavating money. We deserve to be honored for the tough job we do on the field of play. Imagine up to now we have not received our upkeep allowances yet some people duped the club of gate collections,” he lamented.
However, Mandiza told The Daily Times that she is not connected to the firm which was used to outsource the gate minders and accused some quarters within the team of trying to tarnish the image of fellow officials.
“Some of those officials who are behind this were not elected. They were incorporated into the system. I cannot steal from Bullets I have been supporting this team for ages. In fact, I work for a reputable organisation which also pays well. I am satisfied with what I have,” she was quoted in the Daily Times as saying.
On his part, Chibambo described the reports as baseless and threatened to spill more beans accusing some officials of being behind the saga.
He also refused to talk more stressing; “Let Super League of Malawi should investigate this matter otherwise l am not worried with whatever is happening.”
Bullets next assignment is against Civo United on October 15, 2015 in the Standard Bank Knock-Out Trophy at the Kamuzu Stadium.