FC AK battle spreads to international arena

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This transpired after the two South African sides refused to release Malawian players in their squads for national team duty.

The Malawi Flames, who are now being coached by former Free States Stars; mentor Kinnah Phiri, will face Tanzania on Sunday without skipper Peter Mponda, Black Leopards’ team mates Fischer Kondowe, Robert Ng’ambi, Dynamos’ duo of Swadick Sanudi and Allan Kamanga.

Football Association of Malawi chief executive officer Charles Nyirenda claims that Dynamos and Leopards have refused to release the players for international duty, including the forthcoming World Cup match against Djibouti on May 31.

Nyirenda says his association has since written to Fifa lodging a complaint over the Leopards and Dynamos’ refusal.

“We want Fifa to intervene because these are games fall on Fifa calendar date,” he says.

Lidoda Duvha and Dynamos reluctance obvious emerges from the fact that both teams will be involved in the Premiership relegation and promotion play-offs that are being delayed duty to the ongoing legal battle between the Azziz Kara-owned outfit and the League.

Leopards, who finished 15th on the 16-team log, will be battling to retain their Premier League status while Dynamos, who finished second in the First Division Inland Stream, will go into the battle with the aim of winning their way back into top flight.

Dynamos could also, depending on the outcome of the FC AK appeal, end up playing in the First Division winners’ Final, victory in which gives them a direct ticket to the Premiership.

It is obvious with the delay in announcing details of the play-offs that both teams are holding onto key players, but they will be both hard hit if Fifa decides against them and in Tanzania’s favour.