The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has bought three 36-Seater mini buses for Red Lions, Malawi Armed Forces College (Mafco) and Kamuzu Barracks teams.
MDF Sports Officer, John Kaputa said the development follows discussions that took place between all soldier teams and MDF Commander, General Henry Odillo some weeks ago.
“We had a post-mortem of sporting activities for the past season and this is where we presented the transport hiccups of the teams to our Commander.
“So it is just a fulfilment of what our boss agreed that he is going to look into the issue. The buses are for Mafco, Red Lions, and Kamuzu Barracks.
“The soldier teams are fully prepared for the new season starting some weeks to come. We have already paid affiliation fees to Super league of Malawi (Sulom) for all our teams,” said Kaputa.
Asked on why they have decided to buy minibuses and yet all along they have been using TATAs in their football trips, Kaputa said the TATAs are not meant for sports activities but rather for transporting soldiers from one place to another.
“The TATAs are for military works or troops and not sporting activities. Yes, we have been using those cars. Those buses have motivated our players because there is comfort in those buses unlike TATAs,” added Kaputa.
Kaputa was non-committal to say the type of the buses and how much soldiers have coughed to buy the three buses saying the issues is to do with Finance and logistics department for the MDF.
He said MDF is in the process of buying football boots in preparation for the new season.