Fired Azam Tigers players seek clearance

Three senior Azam Tigers players who were suspended by the club have launched a battle to obtain their clearance, Nyasa Times has established.

The club earlier this week announced the suspension of its three key players namely Timothy Chitedze,  team captain Mapopa Msukwa and Mike Kaziputa through a text message from head coach Leo Mpulula because of an argument that ensued after Msukwa’s preaching from the Bible in Isaiah 58.

“We have suspended Timo and Mike for the rest of the season of the first round and their coming will not be automatic after suspension; we will sit down and see if it is necessary to be with them. I don’t want to hear any stories about these guys at the ground in my absence anybody doing that drastic measures will be taken against him. We don’t want confunsionists in the team,” reads the text message sourced by Nyasa Timessent to Tigers players by their coach.

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The trio is now being accused of indiscipline.

Msukwa, who was again fired and later reinstated last season confirmed to Nyasa Times on Thursday prior to a meeting with Tigers Technical Director Robbin Alufandika, that he is now finding it had to live at the club.

“This is my second time to be fired which is a clear indication that I am living in an environment which is not suitable to me so I just need to move,” said Msukwa in a telephone interview.


Msukwa also admitted being at loggerheads with the coach. He said all started when he shared the word of God with his team mates under the topic “grudges”.

He said the coach protested, saying the preaching was “wrong.”

Mpulula sent Msukwa message on his phone telling him not to bring grudges issue into prayers for the game.

But the player replied to his coach insisting he was doing the preaching on a good will.

“Coach, I don’t have grudges with anyone that is why I decided to preach about not keeping grudges so that my fellow players can take my example as a captain for the team not to keep grudges, while doing that God can bring the spirit of success in our team. As a captain I should lead by example.” reads Mapopa’s text to Mpulula.

Meanwhile, the club Technical Director Alufandika has summoned the three players to a disciplinary hearing to be held on unspecified date.

Mpulula has refused to discuss the matter in the media, saying on ZBS radio:”Nowadays, I only comment about the performance of the team on the pitch and not such issues.”

Alufandika also refused to comment insisting it is an internal matter.

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