Malawians have expressed dissatisfaction with Capital Oil Refining Industries (CORI) for rewarding Richard Mbulu in a special way following the national team’s qualification for African Cup of Nations.
The company honoured its K5 million pledge to the Flames yesterday at Amaryllis hotel in Blantyre. In addition to that, CORI gave striker Mbulu K500,000 for scoring against Uganda in the last game.
Although the Baroka FC hit man’s goal against the East African nation helped the Flames to secure a spot at next year’s continental tournament, local football lovers believe it is not fair to reward him alone.
“Rewarding a goal scorer alone is very ignorant of what the sport is all about. Football is about a team not individuals,” Said Mukeya Chirwa.
“The idea of giving K500,000 perks to a goal scorer is not in tandem with modern football. This will influence players to start fighting for spot kicks,” read Phillipina Dinga’s view.
“I don’t like the idea of giving one player money for scoring. Football is a team effort, why not reward all the players?” Questions Eli Soms.
Malawi qualified for the third African Cup on nations last week, much to the delight of local fans. They qualified alongside Burkina Faso in a group that also comprised South Sudan.