Local soccer administrators have been taken to task by players and supporters for not showing interest in taking care of the welfare of players when they are at the peak of their career as well as when they hang up their boots.
The issue has taken centre stage on various soccer groups on social media following the latest illness of Bullets defender Douglas Chirambo who is currently in a sorry state.
Chirambo, who took a break in playing some months ago, has been in and out of hospital and is suspected to have a brain tumour.
He has been visiting Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and Mwaiwathu Private Hospital for monitoring of his condition by experts.
It has since been revealed that the player is in need of financial support to enable him fly to South Africa or India to access medical treatment.
Commenting on the matter, Silver Strikers and former Big Bullets gifted right winger Peter Pindani had no kind words for the country soccer governing body Football Association of Malawi (FAM), Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and Bullets F.C for failing to assist the player.
“It is sad to see how Football Association of Malawi, SULOM and Big Bullets FC are not showing any commitment to help Douglas Chirambo Chibadula. They should all be ashamed with how they have neglected him now when he needed their support most,” Pindani posted on his Facebook page on Friday 3rd April, 2015.
“Bullets FC can’t even arrange a fundraising game for him when he has been a very loyal and long time serving player for the team. My heart bleeds to see how our football administrators ignore players who are sick or injured. Shame on you,” added the player.
Another former Bullets and Silver Strikers player Panganani Ndovi who is now General Secretary for newly TNM Super League promoted side representing the Central Region Dedza Young Soccer agreed with Pindani that soccer administrators and fans, only love a player when he is strong and playing.
Ndovi described Chirambo as dedicated and committed Bullets follower.
“When he, [Douglas Chirambo Chibadula] was at the peak of his game, they [supporters] all sung praises of him, chanted his name. What pleases me most is and was his commitment to the red army. His desires to perform to the highest ability for the sake of all football lovers was not questionable, but look at how my brother is suffering in solitary with just his family to support him”
“My heart bleeds with pain seeing and hearing that a very cheerful and excellent footballer is suffering with no signs of hope for assistance. I pray that we all come together to assist him in cash and in kind,” mourned Ndovi.
Ndovi suggested that a committee comprising of dedicated and vibrant ex-players be set to look after such kind of matters.
But the Dedza Young Soccer G.S wondered “if the current football administrators put the welfare of the people and players at heart.”
Meanwhile, Chirambo who is reportedly to be losing his memory at times, is being looked after by one of his relations in Thyolo.
Chirambo is one of the longest serving members amongst the current Bullets squad.
Previously, FAM was again taken to task for failing to assist former flames international defender Elvis Kafoteka and midfielder Maxwell Chirwa who got injured while on national duty.
Both players were forced to quit playing with effects from the injuries they sustained.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :