By Donata Mpochela
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Mtopwa FC Media Officer Richard Tiyesi says the suspension of four players will not affect the game plan looking at the fact that they will try to bring in new faces to the team.
According to the statement released on Sunday evening November 2, 2020 reads: “Ntopwa Football Club is hereby informing you that we have suspended Captain Happy Kasambala and his Vice Mphatso Magaleta, Jowado Kanjuzi and Mark Lameck for a period of two months with immediate effect for breaking clubs code of conduct in conformity with Covid-19 sports guidelines,” reads part of the statement.
The suspension came in as the three defenders and a midfielder were seen during the weekend of October 30 and November 1, 2020 seen participating in games not sanctioned by the club in Bangwe Township.
Speaking with Tiyesi he said the suspension of the four players will not affect them as it is one way of giving an example to the other players.
“The suspension will not affect our game plan looking at the fact they are senior players. We have done this so that they should be exemplary to the junior players, however, this is one way of instilling discipline to the team,” Tiyesi said.
He revealed that they will see if whether it will be possible to bring new faces to the team.
“We are training some new guys which if they will impress us then definitely an offer will be granted for them,”Tiyesi said.
Captain Happy Kasambala was filled with shame and pain as he said the suspension will add up to one long stay without playing football.
“We are worried, I know what we did was bad but the two months suspension is quiet a long period for us as you are aware we have not been playing football for close to nine months and with this two months, it will add up to another long stay again. This suspension will affect our performance,” Kasambala said.
He further said they will try to talk to Mtopwa FC management to forgive them and reduce their months.
“We want to talk to the management in order that they will should grant us a short period of suspension. We are aware of what happened and it is a shame to us and the entire team for not abiding with Covid-19 sports guidelines. We ask for forgiveness,” Kasambala apologized.