Malawi players end strike, will play Kenya

Malawi will play in their Wednesday’s make-or-break 2014 World Cup qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee after ending their Tuesday strike over unpaid allowances.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu said the players had agreed to train and play after an agreement was reached.

“We agreed that their grievances will resolved,” Nyamilandu told Nyasa Times.

“We talked to the players to put country first,” head coach Eddington Ng’onamo also told Nyasa Times.

Flames players ready for the battle ...Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Flames players ready for the battle …Photo Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Malawi players boycotted training on Tuesday and threatened not to honour their match against Kenya over unpaid allowances.

Skipper for the Flames side, Joseph Kamwendo, said the players are now focused for the game.

“We know the game against Kenya is a must win and will fight to earn a win,” he said, appealing to fans to rally behind the team.

FAM boss assured that the match will take place and that football authorities resolve the allowance issue.

Nyamilandu meanwhile said there is a handsome reward to the Flames should they win the game against Kenya.

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.

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