Malawi coach Kinnah blamed for Bullets FC crisis

Malawi national coach Kinnah Phiri has been blamed for creating confusion that resulted in the Big Bullets FC players boycotting training ahead of massive Blantyre in TNM Super League against their sworn rivals Mighty Wanderers on Sunday.

Bullets players threatened to boycott training after meeting at their club house on Monday over six games outstanding dues.

However, club’s general secretary Higger Mkandawire said while the players are indeed owed some game bonuses, the issue is being blown out of proportion by a section of the club which has a secret motive behind.

He blamed Malawi national team head coach Kinnah Phiri who is the club’s board of trustees secretary and supporters committee vice-chairperson Isaac Osman of being behind the confusion.

Kinnah:  I am trying hard to control the situation

“We have evidence that some people within the set-up are trying to create confusion by using a section of the players and the supporters, but they will not succeed,” Mkandawire is quoted by The Nation.

“Just a few days ago, they were spreading false reports that players had boycotted training which was not true at all.

“The truth of the matter is that the players are indeed owed some money, but on Christmas Day, we gave them bonuses for two games [against Kabwafu and Azam Tigers] and the reason the team did not train was because our training venue, College of Medicine, was temporarily closed due to the festive season,” said Mkandawire.

Kinnah denied being behind the confusion, saying he has been “trying hard to control the situation.”

He told the daily: “A number of fans have been coming to me to demand the removal of the executive committee, but I have told them that it is not the best way to address problems.

“We need to wait until the end of the season and then map the way forward. I suggested that since this was just an interim committee, the best way would be to call for an AGM at the end of the season so that we have fresh elections,” said Kinnah.

Meanwhile, Mkandawire said Bullets now owes players game bonuses for only four games.

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