Troubling is brewing in the Mighty Be Forward Wanderers FC camp after their new acquisition midfielder-cum-striker, Jafali Chande missed training on Monday and was subsequently punished by the club.
Chande alongside centre-back, Foster Namwela and goalkeeper Bester Phiri were not even picked for the game. Namwela was serving a two yellow card suspension while Phiri was left out on technical grounds.
It emerged that Chande missed training on Monday and reportedly came late on Tuesday.
And the player has vowed to continue skipping training sessions this week, arguing something ‘fishy’ was happening at the club. He did not elaborate his suspicions.
The former Nyasa Big Bullets play-maker was conspicuously missing from the starting line-up when Nomads beat Red Lions 4-3 in the Presidential Cup round-of-16 encounter on Wednesday.
And the team’s assistant coach, Elia Kananji revealed Chande was left out of the squad that faced Red Lions due to failure to adhere to discipline protocol.
“We are strict when it comes to issues concerning discipline. Every player at Wanderers, including Chande, knows the importance of reporting in good time for training,” he said.
“We will not go for names, but rather those that are disciplined”.
Chande claimed that he did not miss training deliberately and feared that something fishy was happening.
“I was not told that we had shifted our training venue on Monday. Anyway, I don’t want to talk much because I think something fishy is happening. I don’t think I will go to training this week again,” he said.
Wanderers Team Manager, Steve Madeira, while insisting that he does not discuss players’ issues in the media, said discipline was paramount for the team.
“How come all the players reported for training except him? We have over 30 players and the technical panel will only consider players that are disciplined,” he said.
Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, said it is the technical panel that selects a playing squad.