Football players for Kabula United formerly Escom shunning training as the team prepares for crucial Southern Region Football League (SRFL) Premier Division encounters against Chitakale FC and Surestream Academy this weekend.
The team’s coach Shadreck Mpesi and captain Thom Kamanga admitted yesterday that players’ attendance training has dropped from 20 to eight in the last few days because the outfit, is failing to fulfil its obligation of giving players K2 000 weekly transport allowances.
Despite the hiccups, the club, which has so far lost seven of their nine games, won once and drawn once, is hoping to deliver in their away match against Chitakale in Mulanje and Surestream Academy at BAT Ground this weekend.
“On Tuesday only eight players turned up for training and this might affect our game plan this weekend. However, I believe the attendance will improve. But seriously the team does not have money to motivate the players,” said Mpesi.
On the other hand, Kamanga said: “we are mentally disturbed by what is happening at the team. Instead of getting K2 000 per week for transport, we get only K600 and that only happens when we have a game the next weekend. Some of my fellow players even told me they are quitting because they are tired of going to training sessions on foot.”
Another Kabula United key player Tutu Kamwendo, who missed the Tuesday training session, concurred with Kamanga, saying they are frustrated to note that they are no longer getting the K1 500 game bonus for a win.
General secretary Richard Tsamba said he is not aware of players’ abandonding, but alluded that the team is facing severe financial challenges.