Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets have expressed worry with the prospect of a long lay-off due to national team engagements.
Currently, the Nomads and the People’s Team are not being allocated competitive matches as they have contributed more than three players to the Flames who are preparing for Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations against Zimbabwe as well as the Cosafa Castle Cup.
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and Football Association of Malawi (FAM) rules stipulate that a team which contributes three players or more to the national team, shall be exempted from competive fixtures.
Currently, both teams have more than four players with the Flames.
Wanderers general secretary Mike Butao Tuesday said: “Much as we are happy to have contributed a large number of players towards a national cause, on the flipside, this is quite expensive for us because during this idle time, we still have to train, pay training and travel allowances and other daily training costs.
“At the same time other teams are busy playing and accumulating points. This will create pressure on us and hectic schedule once we resume playing so as to catch up on the number of games played. This can obviously not be to our advantage.”
On his part, Bullets acting general secretary Kelvin Moyo said the best Sulom should have done is to put the games on hold.
“Of course, this is a national cause and we are happy that our players are gaining international exposure, but Sulom should have considered putting the games on hold,” he said.
But Sulom general secretary Williams Banda on Tuesday said they will come up with a workable arrangement to have teams such as Bullets and Wanderers catch up with the others in terms of fixtures, by among other things allocating mid-week games. n