By Duncan Kaonga
As the saying goes, excelling in football goes beyond technical abilities, and discipline is of paramount importance.
In Malawi football circles there’s one controversial football star who is never shy of sharing his frustrations on social media all the times and this is none other than the 2019/20 TNM Superleague top scorer. Khuda Muyaba managed to bang 21 goals while playing for Lilongwe giants Silver Strikers a feat which earned him a move to one of the top leagues in southern Africa, the Absa premiership in South Africa as he penned a four year deal with Polokwane City.
The lethal striker has been at the center stage of some controversy in the past years since coming into the limelight of the game in the country. The former Malawi Defense Force (MDF) employee quit his job as soldier while at Moyale Barracks when he claimed that the top gurus at the MDF 3rd Battalion (Moyale) were not giving him opportunities to succeed in his job as a soldier as on several occasions he was overlooked for peace keeping duties in the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) a move which he took a dig at the MDF top officials on social media and consequently left the duties as a soldier.
Fada Ikenna as he is popularly known, made a switch to the Central Bankers, Silver Strikers where he blamed the then head coach, Lovemore Fazili of playing a role on his exclusion from the national team as he tried to coerce the executive of the team to fire Fazili because he was not fit for the job and still at the Area 47 side he again took to social media after being dropped by the national team for the 2019 Cosafa championship as he said all Flames players were not good enough to deliver for the team a move which did not go well with the Flames players and technical panel and he was forced to apologise to his fellow players.
And in 2020, Muyaba did not feature for his relegated side, Polokwane City during the final round of the league after football resumption, a development which did not go well with him as he blamed Flames legend, Esau Kanyenda who facilitated the move for Muyaba to join Polokwane that he was the one who told the head coach not to feature him for the team and that Kanyenda had mismanaged his signing on fee money.
Muyaba recent row comes after he was dropped in the Flames call-up for the upcoming friendly/Cosafa championship by Flames coach Meck Mwase.
Just after being dropped Khuda took to his Facebook to voice out his position about the call up.
“I scored 21 goals and I won the golden boot, now am a professional but you have dropped me again why now, mukutengela khalidwe mwina koma sizampira ayi, Tonse ndi a Malawi kupondelezana sikwabwino ayi pano munakavomeleza koma sanje siyabwino ayi, you mean 21 goals unayiyiwala kale?,” Reads part of Muyaba’s post on Facebook
In an interview with Akometsi, commenting on the conduct of the striker who has been labeled as Malawi’s Mario Balotelli, football analyst, George Chiusiwa says the conduct by Khuda Muyaba should be condemned in the strongest terms possible.
“His tantrums and taunts over his exclusion from the Flames call up are misplaced and unjustifiable. This is too unprofessional and with this behaviour it is very difficult for him to excel as a professional player in foreign lands.
Chiusiwa further added that there are various factors beyond the technical aspects that coaches consider when making such call ups.
“Coach Meck Mwase and his backroom staff might have their own reasons why they excluded him. More importantly, Khuda hasn’t been actively involved with the senior Flames over the recent time. Coach Mwase is also considering continuity in his squad for there is too little time for the team for a coach to be experimenting now. Khuda ought to understand this,” he said.
He has also warned the striker of criticizing the Flames coaching staff which sends a very bad signal to young players who look up to him as a football model.
“This will haunt him as a national team player since no future coach for the Flames will be comfortable to work with a player of such undesirable attributes. He has been doing this for a long time at both club and national team level. Thus he needs some psychosocial counseling and guidance,” Said Chiusiwa.
The Flames are set to be preparing for their 2022 AFCON qualifying game against Burkina Faso this coming November.