Malawi players refused to train on Tuesday and threatened not to honour Wednesday’s make-or-break 2014 World Cup qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars over non payment off their allowances.
The players left the training pitch at Kamuzu Stadium and walked to their bus before the technical panel addressed a news conference.
Players who spoke to Nyasa Times said they had reached the decision after enduring endless empty promises from Football Association of Malawi (FAM) over allowances from the Cecafa tournament.
“FAM officials kept promising us they will pay the allowances but they have not. If we do not get paid we are ready to go home,” said one player.
A FAM official said they will issue a statement but called the development “unacceptable behavior”.
Earlier FAM president Walter Nyamilandu confirmed there is a handsome reward to the Flames should they win the game against Kenya.
“We are prepared to dig deep into our coffers to reward them, that is our promise,” said Nyamilandu.
FAM is dangling more than K100 000 (about $250) to each player in the starting line-up for a win.
Comedian Michael Usi aka Manganya is also dangling a cool K1.2 million (about $3 000) in an attempt to motivate the Flames to give out their best.
Manganya said the Flames will get K250 000 (about $6 250) for the first goal while the scorer stands to pocket K50 000 (about $125) and a K20 000 (about $50) shopping voucher from Devraj.
Subsequent goals will go with a K50 000 reward up to K1 million (about $2 500). Of course, the offer is on condition that we win the game.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :