Big Bullets FC have threatened to withdraw their players in the national team following a spate of accusations from a section of fans blaming Flames coaching staff for using six Bullets players in a friendly encounter last Saturday against the Zimbabwe Warriors.
In their starting line-up, the Flames technical panel used Owen Chaima in goals, Douglas Chirambo and Sankhani Mkandawire in defence while Chimango Kayira, Gabadihno Mhango and Fischer Kondowe were also included from the People’s Team.
After a 1-1 draw with the Warriors, former Flames players Peter ‘Mjojo’ Mponda, Ojuku Malunga and soccer analyst Charles Nyirenda as well some soccer fans on social media network criticized the technical panel for choosing many players from Bullets, the club which Malawi tactician Eddington Ng’onamo also coaches.
However, Big Bullets general secretary said the accusations are unacceptable, saying it was not the first time for a national team coach to select many players from Bullets.
Mkandawire cited an example of the Angolan African of Nations where Bullets contributed a bulk of players basing on performance.
“People should not just criticize for the sake of it just because we drew with Zimbabwe. Where were the accusations when the same team with many Bullets players won against Namibia? Players are chosen on merit and as Big Bullets we do not see any problem in the Flames technical panel selecting many players from Bullets,” said Mkandawire.
Instead, Mkandawire stressed that they will discuss with the Football Association of Malawi for them to withdraw their players because they have been affected physiologically with the accusations.
“Our players have been affected especially Owen Chaima, who many people are accusing for conceding that goal forgetting that it was the same goalkeeper who manned the posts in Namibia when we defeated them. We will withdraw our players and let other clubs contribute their players to Flames,” said Mkandawire.
“When Bullets was out of form during that time we were struggling financially, how many players did we contribute? People should think twice before making statements because as far as we are concerned when our team was having a bad spell, we did not even contribute any player to the national team. Big Bullets is in top form now and that is why we are able to contribute more players,” he said.
Mkandawire said it is unfortunate that during Kinnah Phiri’s tenure, Malawians were accusing him of selecting players based on ethnicity, now they are trying to do the same but on club level.
“Let us all unite Malawians to develop our national team rather than focusing much criticizing each other on baseless issues,” said Mkandawire.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :