Blue Eagles FC has finally paid its players Malawi Carlsberg Cup bonuses barely 24 hours after Nyasa Times revealed that the Malawi Police Service (MPS) side owed them the a cut from the K7 million prize.
Nyasa Times sources claim that the players have been paid the money on Friday afternoon, ranging from K100, 000 to K200, 000 according to the number of games each player featured in the competition. The players have been shared about K4.9 million of the prize money.
“It is true we have been paid the money although it is not the amount we expected. But all in all half a loaf is better than none,” said one player who opted for anonymity.
The player said team officials called them to the training ground where they were slightly grilled to follow procedures when communicating their grievances.
On Thursday, some key players posted on their Facebook Timeline showing dissatisfaction over the delay by the club to pay them their Carlsberg Cup bonuses.
“Christmas without money which we already made (on the Carlsberg Cup final match) is very painful. But they don’t know we got responsibilities, even our parents are counting on us,” read one of the Facebook post by the players.
However, an official who did not want to be named assured the players that they will be paid their money.
“It was just a matter of communication breakdown. They are going to get their money,” he said
without indicating the time frame.
But one of the players said they received communication to the effect that their cut will be paid on 7th January 2013 after the two-week government Xmas holiday.
Blue Eagles beat Escom United 1-0 in the final match of the competition played at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe about two weeks ago courtesy of a goal from Ben Hojani.