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Stars game on after Malawi players end strike


STARS NAMIBIANAIROBI, Kenya, June 11- The Malawi versus Harambee Stars 2014 World Cup qualifier tie will go on as scheduled on Wednesday after the home side players ended their strike over unpaid allowances.

According to local daily Nyasa Times, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president, Walter Nyamilandu said the players had agreed to train and play after they boycotted Tuesday’s session while threatening not to honour the match.

“We agreed their grievances will be addressed,” the football chief stated with head coach Eddington Ng’onamo adding, “We talked to the players to put their country first,” according to the publication’s website,

The Flames captain, Joseph Kamweno, assured his squad was focused on the match they need to win in order to have a chance of reigning in Group F leaders Nigeria who are at home to Namibia at the same time.

Malawi are second on six points, two behind the Super Eagles and should they fail to produce a win against bottom side Stars and Nigeria triumph over Namibia as expected, then they will join Stars on the 2014 World Cup scrap heap.

According to the publication, FAM is offering some $250 (Sh21, 287.5) to each player in the starting line-up for a win.

A local comedian, Michael Usi, has promised the squad a further $3,000 (Sh255, 449.63) to be divided among the entire team for victory, the scorer of the first goal and each subsequent goal.

Stars arrived in Malawi on Monday with head coach, Adel Amrouche complaining about the five-hour bus ride the team endured from the capital Lilongwe to Brantyre where the match will be played in what he termed as a ‘sub-standard bus.’