Coach says Mzuni can’t do without non-student players


Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC technical panel has expressed worry over Mzuni management’s decision that the squad should only comprise  players who are students at the institution.

The technical panel has since been given July 1 as deadline to implement the decision.

But coach Alex Ngwira says it will be difficult for the team to do without non-student players because most of the time, student players are busy with their academic work.

Most of Mzuni players are non-students

Out of 25 players in the current squad the club has registered with Super League of Malawi (Sulom), only five are student players.

“That recommendation cannot work. I have been with the team for many years from Premier Division to date. We cannot stand without non-students players,” said the coach.

However, when contacted on the matter, Mzuni acting registrar James Kwilimbe stressed that they expect the technical panel to adhere to the new policy, adding that the university is spending a lot of resources on the current set-up.

“Mzuni FC is not a commercial team, it is a team for the students. There is no reason we should spend a lot of resources on players who are not students at the college.

“We don’t bother if the team will be relegated provided that we have a team comprising students,” he said.

On his part, Mzuni FC general secretary Donnex Chilongo said they are approaching various stakeholders to assist them with funds so that they should still keep non-student players in the team.

“So far, we have approached various stakeholders seeking help. Otherwise, it will not be good to remove non-students players from the squad,” he said.

Mzuni joined the TNM Super League in 2015 after emerging champions of Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) Simama Premier League.

Last season, they finished 10th in the 16-team league and are currently 11th with five points from five games.

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