Last week, Silver Strikers FC chairperson Dr. McDonald Mafuta-Mwale gave me reason to laugh when he doubted the authenticity of his player Tony Chitsuloâ€™s resignation letter.
In his own words, the Silver boss said: â€œI doubt if at all the letter was written by Tony himself.â€ He further suggested that the letter was written by one of the Wanderers officials.
I cracked up because I thought it was a joke for Mafuta-Mwale to doubt his playerâ€™s capabilities of writing a resignation.
But perhaps I was wrong.Â What I read on one of the social networks a few days ago, made me think twice. Maybe, just maybe, Mafuta-Mwale could have had a point after all.
One of the Blantyre-based big teamsâ€™ key defenders, who is in Form Four, posted on his social network wall saying: â€œAt home, sustaining a knee injury.â€
I only learnt later from my colleague, little Gomezgani Â Zakazaka, that the player in question meant to say he was home â€˜nursingâ€™ a knee injury.
Of course, the incident that always thrills my world is the one told by a former MDC United defender [name withheld] who boasted to his youthful audience a decade ago that he enjoyed life during his stint in South Africa.
In his own words, the former defender said: â€˜Aphwanga timaphulitsa life ku Jubeki ife, tikuphaka ma nampkins ophikidwa booâ€™ [apparently he meant to say pumpkins.] And some of the fellas were treated to a few slaps for making fun out of his â€˜brokenâ€™ English.
So, maybe that is why even Silverâ€™s chairperson doubted his playerâ€™s ability to write the resignation letter. But isnâ€™t it the responsibility of club officials to ensure that their players take their education seriously? After all, Mafuta-Mwale is or was Tonyâ€™s guardian in Lilongwe.
And that reminds me of the boy Gabadinho. Last year, he did not sit his Junior Certificate of Education examinations for unexplained reasons. Instead, I am reliably informed, he was busy with his favourite play station. And now we are almost a month into the new school year and Gabadinho has hardly been to Â school due to football commitments. You tend to wonder if he even knows his classmates.
AOB: I got an offer of a VIP ticket from Standard Bank to watch my favourite South African songbird Zahara, but for reasons beyond my control, I could not make it to Lilongwe.
While I might have missed another opportunity to watch another live performance of my favourite Loliwe [and, of course, that charming face] my spirit was there, oh yeah! Thanks Standard Bank and mtswaaaaa!!! Zahara. I can only sayÂ Uloliwe. Uloliwe! Uloliwe wayidudula hi..nangâ€™esiza! [the train is pushing!]