Written by Our Reporter
BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Players of Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets have petitioned the Football Players Union (FPU), seeking their intervention in players’ welfare as clubs’ officials continue to effect salary cuts in the face of the covid-19 spike.
According to the players, the officials are tampering with the players’ salaries without following the proper procedures.
FPU president, Ernest Mangani, told The Daily Times that they have received several complaints from the two clubs’ players on the matter.
“The players indeed approached us for assistance and we have taken up the matter. We are arranging to meet Bullets and Wanderers officials to hear from them.
“We regret the manner in which the two clubs are treating their players on the salary cuts issue. We find this unprocedural and we are taking it up to protect our members. No law allows teams to effect salary cuts without players’ consent,” Mangani said as quoted in the paper.
According to the paper, Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde, expressed ignorance on the matter.
“We have not been furnished with any complaint yet and I cannot comment on something I have not seen. I need time to establish facts of the matter,” Maunde said.
But Maunde confirmed that the Nomads made a 60 per cent cut to their players’ salaries following financial challenges that the team is going through after Be Forward reduced sponsorship.
Bullets Chief Administration Officer, Albert Chigoga, faulted his players for taking the matter to a third party.
“Bullets is a professional club that has procedures for presenting grievances. Going to a third party before engaging club leadership is unprofessional and not in keeping with our norms,” Chigoga said.
Local clubs continue to suffer from effects of sports suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kick off of the 2020 season was halted on March 20 as the government battled to put coronavirus under control.
The suspension has crippled clubs financially as they heavily depend on gate collections to sustain their operations.
source: The Daily Times