The Malawi Under-20 national football team players who are based in Blantyre were on Monday this week dropped off at Shoprite Shopping Complex car park in Blantyre.
The team was returning from Gaberone, Botswana where they travelled by road to take part in the Metropolitan Cosafa Under-20 tournament.
They came out fourth in the tournament won by Zambia.
On arrival in Malawi, players based in Blantyre were dropped off at Shoprite Shopping Complex by the Football Association of Malawi’s new state-of-art team coach, to the dismay of onlookers and shoppers.
Some weary players, carrying excess and bulky lugagge like electric fans, were seen crossing the roads to bus points as far as Soche road to catch public transport or hitch hike to their respective homes.
“We are not given transport to our respective homes. We are just dropped off at one designated point and that’s it,” said one of the players.
Onlookers and shoppers at Shoprite Shopping Complex were unimpressed.
” Win or lose, that’s not a way to treat anyone doing national duty. The least you can do is drop them in their homes. Arrange local transport or drop them at a central point in their resppective townships,” said Stanslas Mphaka of Chilobwe.