Malawi players refused to train on Tuesday and threatened not to honor Wednesday’s make-or-break 2014 World Cup qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars over non payment off their allowances.
The players left the training pitch at Kamuzu Stadium and walked to their bus before the technical panel addressed a news conference.
Players who spoke to Nyasa Times said they had reached the decision after enduring endless empty promises from Football Association of Malawi (Fam) over allowances from the Cecafa tournament.
“Malawi FA officials kept promising us they will pay the allowances but they have not. If we do not get paid we are ready to go home,” said one player.
A Malawi FA official said they will issue a statement but called the move by the players “unacceptable behavior”.
Earlier, Malawi FA President Walter Nyamirandu confirmed that there was a handsome reward to the Flames should they beat Kenya.
“We are prepared to dig deep into our pockets and reward them and that is our promise.”
The match is set to be played on Wednesday at Kamuzu Stadium from 4pm (5pm Kenyan time).