Thirteen Blue Eagles players have been shortlisted for Malawi Police Service recruitment interviews and if successful, they will likely miss six months of the forthcoming season.
Blue Eagles team manager Frank Kalodzeni confirmed in an interview on Thursday, barely a week after the Malawi Police Service released names of shortlisted for the interviews.
The players are goalkeepers Chimwemwe Kumkwawa and Thokozani Zimba; defenders Onesim Mbendera, Grant Zakumbuyo, Wonder Jeremani, Oswald Maonga, Jacob Robert and Ganizani James.
Others are midfielder Lazarus Deco Nyemera and strikers Kingsley Kuwali, Mphatso Philimoni, John Malidadi Jnr and Gabriel Chirwa.
Kalodzeni said although some of the players are key squad members, they will not be bothered much by their absence.
“We will miss them. However, we will still have the team’s regular players like Maxwell Salambula, Stuart Mbunge, Micium Mhone and others. We believe that they will keep the team intact,” he said.
On a positive note, Kalodzeni said tying the players to MPS will wade off interest from other clubs.
“Once they are police officers then there is no chance other clubs will come in to poach them. So, in that sense, their recruitment will help to stabalise the club,” he said.
On his part, Jeremani said he was pleased to stand a chance of securing long-term employment.
“Football is a short-term career so securing the job is going to be important to my life because I will be assured of a stable future after football,” he said.