Peter Mutharika Southern Region Football League (SRFL) giants, Nchalo United, might close shop after being deserted by all but four players.
Nchalo technical adviser Jones Napolo confirmed yesterday that only four players are remaining out of over 20 from the squad that has, in the last few years, been chasing Super League promotion.
The remaining players are captain Joe Kabichi, Saul Action, Llyod Munthali and Lesley Elia whereas the rest are playing in Nchalo Sugar Estate League after securing employment with the estate. The four players are not involved in the estate league.
“We are discussing with the companyâ€™s management which restricts players to play in the estate league while at the same time playing for Nchalo. The players are allowed to play elsewhere but not for Nchalo. The talks with management are promising, but if it does not work out, then that will be the end of the team,” said Napolo.
The teamâ€™s general secretary Zaheer Issa also resigned recently, citing pressure of work.
With the SRFL set to start this coming weekend, Nchalo are conspicuously missing from the list of registered teams, according to the leagueâ€™s general secretary George Pagaja.
“We do not know what is happening to Nchalo, but, according to unconfirmed resports, the players are disillusioned that they failed to earn Super League promotion last season. Nonetheless, we have an assurance from their management that they will register,” Pagaja said on Wednesday.