Fourteen former Epac players have gone five months without pay following a deal to relinquish the club’s Super League status to pave way for relegated Civo United, Nation on Sunday understands.
Of the 25 Epac players, only seven have joined Civil Sporting Club while 14 still have running contracts with the club. The players have since accused Epac of breach fo contract.
“The Epac management has never addressed us on what is happening. The last time we met, what we were just told was, that’s a few month ago, that we have not been considered to be part of the new club. We weren’t told anything concerning money and what will happen to our careers,” said Tinkhani Nyirenda Junior.
The midfielder said he feels that they have been treated unfairly after they fought hard to ensure that Epac remained in the Super League.
Another player, Jafalie Mkwelera, said his efforts to seek an audience with Epac owner Dini Josaya have failed.
“What I want is to give us a clear picture of what is happening; whether they are terminating our contracts and why they are not paying us,” he said.
Epac players cry foul But Josaya refuted that the players are not being paid.
He said: “Every player contracted to Epac is being paid. So what you have is wrong information.”
Rashid Ntelera, secretary of Civil Service Sporting board, said during discussions of Epac takeover, they agreed to terminate and compensate players that will be contracted to Civil Sporting Club.
He said he was not aware that the 14 players have not had their contracts terminated.
“I will talk to Epac management to find out where is that issue. I think if they do not have funds I will advise them to apply for funding from the sponsor [government]. We would really love to have the contractual issues to be resolved,” he said.
This is the second time in less than a year that footballers have been dumped without compensation. Midway through last season, Max Bullets disbanded without compensating the players.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Alfred Gunda said they were not aware that Epac has contractual issues with the players.