Civo jerks with news linking player to military training

Civil Service United Football Club has been awakened by news that its player Raphael Phiri is on the list of people to undergo military training.

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This is coming at a time when the player was called into camp by the national team coach, Meck Mwase, but his name is appearing on the list of young Malawians to undergo six months basic military training at the Malawi Armed Forces College (MAFCO) in Salima District.

Other names of football players appearing on the list include Maneno Nyoni for Ekwendeni Hammers, Lusekelo Malema for Karonga United and Ronald Pangani who has been with Red Lions in Zomba. Unconfirmed reports indicate that Nyoni and Malema will join Moyale Barracks after their training.

Civo’s Raphael Phiri has been attracting interest of clubs like Nyasa Big Bullets, Silver Strikers and Wanderers.

General Secretary for Civil Service United, Ronald Chiwaula, says what the club knows is that Phiri is in camp with the national team as regards the letter the club got from the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) requesting national services of the player as the national team prepares for AFCON matches against South Sudan and Uganda.

“As a club we have no information whatsoever that Raphael Phiri has been recruited as a soldier. What we know is that our player is with FAM in camp for the Malawi National Team. Our position is that there are procedures that should be followed if he is interested to train as a soldier. He has a contract with us and if he wishes to follow that path, procedures should be followed so that he leaves Civo with the club’s blessings,” explained Chiwaula on a local radio station.

Military clubs have over the years poached players from civilian clubs and trained them as soldiers before roping them into their football squads. Civilian clubs have been condemning the tendency for some time but nothing is done by the Football Association of Malawi.

Chiwaula says the military club behind Phiri’s recruitment should openly contact Civil Service United with guidance from FAM.

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Gee
Gee
5 months ago

What i can advise u is this, better join Army teams coz even at the end of ur career still u gonna be working and getting paid, Malawi soccer has no any future, am saying this from experience.

Guest
Guest
5 months ago

Why are they wearing their masks underneath their noses!!

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
5 months ago
Reply to  Guest

Kodi do they train with masks on? Football is a contact sport so why wear masks on the bench when during training they dont

Nyamakumutu
Nyamakumutu
5 months ago

We only recruit soldiers not football players. Then we scout talents among the soldiers. After all football is a short lived while employment is long life.

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
5 months ago
Reply to  Nyamakumutu

That logic stinks babysit

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
5 months ago
Reply to  Nyamakumutu

Stupidity at its best. Just have nursery teams or pay those who invested in the players otherwise, you are thieves of the highest order.

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