Super League side Civil Sporting Club has introduced a policy that restricts the signing of players’ aged above 30, pointing out that their contributions have largely been insignificant.
The Lilongwe-based outfit has previously been signing experienced players, mostly those offloaded by big teams like Be Forward Wanderers, Silver Strikers and Nyasa Big Bullets.
Confirming the development yesterday, Civil general secretary Ronald Chiwaula said the implementation of the new policy will start next year.
He said: “From next season, we will no longer be signing big-name players. We are adopting a deliberate policy on age like those over 30 will only be considered on conditions.”
Chiwaula accused veteran players of bringing confusion in the team, saying they prioritise money over results.
“The aged are not delivering enough. They bring confusion by way of discouraging the upcoming youngsters with their love for money instead of being role models. In the end, results are not coming,” he said.
Chiwaula said they will sign only exceptional aged players if they accept short-term deals.
“The contracts will not be more than one year. Again, the players should be well-disciplined as well as motivators who would fit in the needs of Civil,” he said.
Civil, who started the league brilliantly, having won their three opening matches, are currently seventh on the log table with 28 points, 12 behind leaders Be Forward Wanderers.
Asked if the aged players have contributed to their slump, Chiwaula said: “I am saying they bring confusion. It’s not there yet because we are managing it.”
Meanwhile, former Malawi national team vice-captain Elvis Kafoteka has warned Civil to be careful when implementing the policy, saying it could worsen the club’s performance.
He said signing the veteran players on short-term contracts could disrupt the club as they risk having a squad that is not fully committed.
“A player who is in that situation will not feel at home. He will be less committed and leaving much of the work to the youths, who, sadly, are not experienced enough to handle the pressure,” he said.
Kafoteka, who once played for Civil, said the best the club can do to improve is to compete for best experienced players.
But Football analyst Charles Nyirenda said the move would help the team to focus on youth development.
“In the first place, why were they signing players who are past their prime? If they consider this a good move for their progress, let it be,” he said.