Big Bullets’ woes continue. The team’s supporters committee vice-chairperson Stone Mwamadi has challenged the executive committee to address players’ welfare concerns or it should resign.
Mwamadi claimed that players have gone four months without pay and are suffering in silence.
However, the club’s constitution is not explicit on whether the ground laid by Mwamadi warrants resignation of the executive committee.
“We are concerned. Upon taking office the executive promised to look into players’ welfare as a priority, but now the players walk to training and are unpaid for four months. If they have failed, they should step down,” said Mwamadi.
Most players contacted confirmed that they are owed for months, but fell short of being specific with the figures, saying team manager Fundi Akidu can provide the figures.
Akidu could not be reached, whereas captain Fischer Kondowe was diplomatic when contacted yesterday.
“There is indeed a challenge of perks, but I do not want to be seen as being for or against the executive or the supporters. I do not want to be involved in that politics. After all, it is the supporters who put this executive in office,” said Kondowe.
Bullets general secretary Harold Fote on Saturday dismissed Mwamadi’s assertions that players are struggling financially.
“They get transport allowances every week. This can be verified with the team manager. It appears the supporters’ chairperson does not know the financial position of the club or he is not in contact with the treasurer because we only have one month’s salary arrears,” Fote said.
Bullets trustees and the executive are at loggerheads. Sympathisers of the executive obtained a Blantyre High Court stay order against the trustees’ alleged meddling in the executive’s affairs. The trustees have since asked for FAM’s intervention in the matter. n