Chilumba Barracks’ intention to withdraw from Northern Region Football Association’s (NRFA) Simama League has attracted a warning from the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) headquarters.
Team manager Kazizwa Banda told The Nation on Tuesday that he sees no reason why they should participate in the NRFA’s Simama Premier League after MDF headquarters asked them to withdraw from the 2016 TNM Super League due to financial constraints.
But Banda feels participating in the lower league will still be costly and suggested that the solution would be to turn into a social team.
However, MDF head of training Alick Mhone said the idea is not welcome as MDF can fund the team at Premier League level.
“The idea that Chilumba should not participate in the Super League remain the same. But we cannot accept it to turn into a social team,” he said.
When told the MDF stance, Kazizwa said though they planned to play as social team, they would not defy MDF’s order.
NRFA chairperson Lameck Khonje also urged Chilumba to remain in the league.
Meanwhile, Chilumba replacement Karonga United, who are the 2015 season runners-up for the Simama League, have started preparations. n