Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has called off the Presidential Cup knock-out encounter between Tigers FC and Balaka Socials following a road accident that involved the former.
FAM Competitions Manager, Gomezgani Zakazaka, told Nyasa Times, five Tigers FC players including Captain, Bashir Maunde, were injured in the accident as they travelled to the venue around lunch Saturday noon.
The accident happened just after Milare after brake failure and the driver lost control before the bus hit roadside rocks.
“We have indeed called off the game following the accident. The two sides will play at an appropriate time later because some of Tigers FC players are likely to remain injured for the next few weeks,” explained Zakazaka.
The team was travelling to Chikhwawa (Nchalo Stadium) to fulfill its fixture against Balaka Socials when the accident occurred after their bus developed brake failures.
“We understand five players have survived the accident with fractures and are currently been treated at Chikhwawa District Hospital. The players will be put in POP [Plaster of Paris] but their captain and another player, Saenda [son to Griffin Saenda, renowned netball coach] have been seriously injured and broken their arms.
“As FAM we are greatly saddened with this accident and we are sending our sympathy to the Tigers FC family and a message of quick recovery to the injured players so that they come back fit and do what they know best ad that is to play football,” Zakazaka added.
Last week, Tigers played their TNM Super League against giants Big Bullets without their Head Coach Leo Mpumula who was feeling unwell and his deputy Macdonald Yobe guided the youthful spirited side. The game ended 0-0.