Malawi champions Silver step rivals’ toes: Civo cancels friendly

Silver Strikers’ move to snatch promising teenage forward Chawanangwa Kaonga from Civo United camp has started backfiring with the servants canceling a training match the TNM Super League champions.

The civil servants had a shock of their life last week, when Silver paraded the teenager in a friendly match against Big Bullets during the launch of the 2013 Presidential Initiative on Sports at Mzuzu Stadium.

That marked the beginning a cold war between the two sides, who are both claiming ownership of the player, who is doing form three at Dzenza Secondary School.

Civo, who got the player on a two-month loan deal from Super Eagles of Mzuzu claim to have paid close to K450,000 for the boy’s permanent transfer but the money reportedly went into the wrong hands of Chawanangwa’s father.

Silver beefing up squad

Silver beefing up squad

Taking advantage of the loophole, Silver went straight to Super Eagles, who have since agreed to release the player to the bankers.

The development has not gone down well with some top Civo officials, who had to cancel a training match involving the two teams scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2013.

The friendly match was arranged by technical officials from the two camps, who wanted to try their new faces but it was canceled at the eleventh hour after a top Civo official tipped his side that the bankers would seize another opportunity to spy on the servants’ new recruits.

Silver’s general secretary Owen Munthali confirmed the last minute cancellation, saying the bankers reported at Civo Stadium, where they were told the game would not take place.

A Civo official, who declined to be named said the OPC sponsored side saw it unfit to welcome Silver at Civo.

“We will also be informing Sulom that they should not fix Silver’s home games at Civo Stadium during their home ban. Let them go to Nankhaka or elsewhere,” said the official.

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