Silver Strikers FC have responded to remarks made by Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Commander General Henry Odillo, who recently told a local daily paper that players from Super League clubs are flocking to the army in search of employment.
Odilo was responding to charges by Epac director and sponsor Dini Josiah Banda, who accused military clubs Kamuzu Barracks and Mafco of poaching players from his team and other Super League clubs by enticing them with employment in the army.
Apart from Epac, Silver Strikers have also been mad with Kamuzu Barracks FC of the MDF headquarters after losing key players- midfielder Harvey Nkacha and left back Mustafa Salimu to the military outfit.
Reacting to the remarks by Odillo that players have been flocking to the barracks in search of military employment, Silver Strikers chairman MacDonald Mwale said his club had no problems with players leaving their respective clubs in search of employment in the army but indicated that once the MDF wants to use them as football players then money has to exchange hands.
“If indeed the players are going there for employment then let them remain in the bush after their training. But once the MDF wants to use the boys as football players, they have to pay transfer fees for the players,” said Mwale.
The Silver boss also appealed to the MDF to also consider the club’s supporters for the military job.
“We have a lot of supporters who are physically fit and if the issue is about employment then our
supporters have to be considered too,” he said.
He vowed that his club would not clear the two players unless Kamuzu Barracks pay the players’ transfer fees.
The Silver boss was reacting to Kamuzu Barracks’ team manager Francis Shaba’s remarks that the club would not pay for the players’ services because military teams do not buy or sale players.
Mwale recalled that his side was forced to pay Moyale Barracks a considerable amount as transfer fee for Mustafa, when the player left Mzuzu to join the Reserve Bank sponsored side.