Four of the five northern region football teams Chitipa United, Ekwendeni Hammers, Karonga United and Mzuzu warriors continue to struggle financially and owe their players a lot of money as they have not been giving them their salaries.
According to general secretary for Ekwendeni Hammers Mabuchi Mkandawire, the club is finding it hard to sustain the welfare of it’s players just after being promoted into the elite league but people should not doubt their survival chances once the league starts.
“Most of the teams who play in the super league and don’t have sponsorship like us rely much on the gate collections to give salaries to the players as well as to run the daily activities of the clubs. Since no games are being played, it’s becoming difficult for us to source money to give to the players. Since the start of the 2020, we owe our players their salaries and we need close to K2, 500,000 to clear the debts we have with our players”, said Mkandawire.
Their counterpart Chitipa United which will play in the elite league for the second successive season, owe the players salaries for the last four months of last season and salaries for the months of March and April 2020 are yet to be paid to the players who have only been receiving K20, 000 as up keep allowances. Last year’s Airtel top 8 cup finalist Karonga United have not been spared as they are also struggling to pay salaries to their players.
On the other hand, general secretary for the rebranded Mzuzu warriors from Mzuni FC Donex Chilonga admitted finding money to give to the players has been a problem and are waiting for the relief fund from Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to accommodate their players.
“We are failing to pay salaries for our players since March 2020 and we have even failed to source some money from well wishers who are also failing to do business due to the Coronavirus. We are just waiting for the Covid19 relief package from FAM which will greatly help our players”, Chilonga said.
The 2020 TNM super league was expected to kick off on 21st of March but was postponed due to Coronavirus and will kick off once the Malawi government declares it fit for social gatherings which include football games.