Karonga United’s participation in the TNM Super League has suffered a blow after its main financier Willy Yabwanya-Phiri dumped the outfit citing personal reasons behind the move.
But the Canada-based Yabwanya-Phiri said his move is temporary.
“I write to inform you all that due to personal reasons I, with immediate effect, temporarily step down as a trustee of Karonga United. Karonga United is a community team for the people of Karonga and I would like to thank you all for the faith you showed in me and my leadership skills. It’s been an honour to serve you and I am grateful for all the accomplishments we have achieved together,” Phiri’s resignation letter reads in part.
He has since left the club under the control of other trustees, Bishop Abraham Simama, Paramount Chief Kyungu, Kossam Munthali and Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya.
“I wish them all the best as they take the team forward. I will be available in an advisory role should need be. I know I love soccer as it is dear to my heart and I assure you that I will continue to develop our talent from grass roots level and still put our district and Malawi on the map. Thank you and may God Bless you all,” Phiri’s letter further reads.
In an interview from Canada, Phiri refused to explain the personal reasons behind his move.
“As I have indicated in the letter, it’s due to personal reasons and I cannot go further than that,” said Yabwanya-Phiri.
Karonga United newly-appointed chairperson Dikoni Chipanga said he was shocked by the news.
“It’s sad. I just assumed my position as chairperson and this is what is happening,” Chipanga said. “I have written Mr Yabwanya-Phiri to try and persuade him not to step down. I am just waiting for his response.” n