Escom football club has been dealt a heavy blow in its chances of defending the 2011 TNM Super League title following a boycott of training sessions by its players since last week.
The players are boycotting traning in protest for unpaid game bonuses.
According to Nyasa Timesinvestigations, the club owes the players game bonus of last season and it has been playing hide and seek on the issue.
“We will not resume training until they pay our bonus. The issue has been outstanding and you understand how patient we have been all this time,” said one of the players.
The players started boycotting the train last week Tuesday and development dashed hopes for the TNM champions to maintain the trophy this season.
The team’s head coach Charles Manda expressed disappointment about this unfortunate issue.
He however disclosed that they we were working on resuming training as soon as possible and that chances are still there to defend the title.
“Based on the meeting we had with management, the players will be sorted out and we will resume training soon because we have a big game this weekend,” Manda explained.
He could not however disclose how much the team owes the players.
Escom is expected to play Lilongwe giants Silver Strikers over the weekend in its final game, which will decide who is to be crowned the champions this seasons with Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers also chasing the title.