Masters owner dismisses league participation fears

Masters Security FC owner and chairperson Alfred Gangata has dismissed fears on the team’s participation in the 2018 TNM Super League season which kicks off this afternoon.

He was reacting to club general secretary (GS) Zacharia Nyirenda’s doubts over the team’s readiness to take part in the league.

Nyirenda told the media on Thursday that considering the financial state of the team, it would only take part “by the grace of God”.

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) general secretary also said by Wednesday Masters were the only team yet to process registration.

But Gangata blamed his GS for rushing to comment on internal club matters in the media.

“What he [Nyirenda] said ndizopanda nzeru [is nonsense]. For your information, he is in Blantyre where he finalised the registration process with Sulom yesterday [Thursday] and you can crosscheck that with them [Sulom].

“Apart from that, we have paid the players their outstanding salaries and they are training in preparation for the league kickoff. So, if anything let us wait for the grace of God ,” he said.

Gangata said if they had the capacity to take part in Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederation Cup, they cannot fail to take part in the Super League on financial grounds.

“So, prophets of doom will always be there, but we will continue to prove them wrong. The almighty God always fights my battles and  never fail with Him on my side.”

He further claimed that Masters have completed the transfer process for defender Maneno Nyoni and midfielder Telekeleni ‘Anzeru’ Joseph with Nyasa Big Bullets.

One of the senior players yesterday confirmed that they were expected to resume training yesterday morning.

“We have heard that the sponsor has released part of our salaries for last month, but we are still owed for a couple of months,” he said.

Masters were promoted into the Super League at the start of the 2017 season after winning the Chipiku Stores Central Region Football Association (CRFA) Premier League championship.

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