Kamuzu Barracks (KB) pointed a finger at the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) after their 2-1 loss to Civil Sporting Club, blaming the body of failing to manage fixtures properly after handing them three games in five days.
The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) outfit have blamed Sulom for assigning them three fixtures in five days.
KB played Azam Tigers in Mulanje on Saturday before travelling to Mangochi to play Red Lions the following day and returned to Lilongwe to face Civil at Civo Stadium on Wednesday.
The army side’s coach Temwa Msukwa said the fixtures caused them fatigue making it impossible for the team to compete effectively.
“It’s inhuman. Our players did not have time to rest. I wish Sulom had the guts to treat players as human beings,” he said.
In Civil, KB faced a side that had played three games in 20 days, one of them an Airtel Top 8 tie.
“Without taking anything away from their performance, Civil had much time to recover,” he said.
Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said they take the blame over the fixture congestion, but outlined that they are running against time.
“Clubs must understand that we have a lot of programmes like cup games and national team engagements. These are some of the things that force fixture congestions,” he said.
But Banda said teams must not only complain after losing a match.
“I don’t think Kamuzu Barracks could have complained if they beat Civil. That’s the problem we have with our clubs,” he said.
Reacting to their victory which pushed them to position three from six, Civil Sporting Club coach Franco Ndawa said they have demonstrated that they are capable of challenging for the title.
“We have won three games in a row. This is not by fluke. We will continue pushing to ensure we are among the title contenders,” he said.
Civo have 10 points from four matches. n