Mozambican giants União Desportiva do Songo’s first team players have accepted a 50% pay cut to limit the economic damage felt by the club from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Malawian trio of Flames’ captain John Banda, his brother Frank Banda and striker Schumacher Kuwali have not been spared from the wrath of the deadly pandemic after their team announced a salary cut of 50 percent.
The Malawi skipper, who was linked to TS Sporting during the off-season, confirmed the development to Malawi media, saying they understood the situation.
“We understand the situation and we agreed to take a pay cut for the good of the club. Things are not normal across the globe, so we had no choice but to accept it,” Banda said.
The trio are presently in their homeland as they await the resumption of football after the start of the 2020 Moçambola League was pushed forward indefinitely. The Moçambola League consists of 16 clubs and runs between the months of March and October. The disruptions may affect the calendar of the League.
The Malawian internationals are expected to return to their Cahora Bassa base on June 15 after lockdown in that country was extended for another 30 days.
Kuwali added it was not an easy situation. “It is really a tough situation for everyone in the world. The club was not spared from the problems and we accepted to take a pay cut.”
UD Songo, a club formed in 1982, won their first League title in 2017, retaining it the following year.
But the Mozambican club were unlucky when they clashed with Bidvest Wits in the Africa Safari, succumbing to an embarrassing 6-0 defeat. The club are known to spend their pre-seasons in South Africa.
They finished as Mocambola League runners up last season behind Costa do Sol and will be hoping to wrest the title.
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By Mthokozisi Dube