Bullets demand K10m upfront from TNM promo

Bullets FC have demanded K10 million advance payment from TNM promotion aimed at helping the team to raise money for the CAF Champions League campaign.

Champions Bullets pcounter offer TNM-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Champions Bullets counter offer TNM-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

TNM disclosed that it would support Bullets’ dream of playing in the CAF Champions League but has kept people guessing until it was been revealed the Malawi top league sponsors would like to launch an SMS promotion.

Bullets are panicking ahead of their preliminary round first leg tie against Fomboni FC away to Comoros Island to raise at least K30 million for the trip.

They are also demaning an increase of the SMS promotion from TNM to K50 from the proposed K40.

Bullets General Secretary Harold Fote confirmed the development saying  he talked to TNM head of Marketing Sobuza Ngwenya.

“I spoke to Sobuza Ngwenya [TNM Head of Marketing on Thursday regarding our position on the matter and asked me to put that in writing which I did,” Fote said.

“As I said earlier time is not on our side. We want the money to meet upfront to help us meet some logistical issues.”

The outspoken General Secretary also confirmed that the club had approached another TNM mobile phone provider to assist them towards the competition despite fears of conflict of interest.

“We don’t not see how this will  cause conflict of interest because TNM sponsors the league and what we have entered is an international competition. That’s why we are dealing directly with Football Association of Malawi,” he said.

Ngwenya, however, was not committed to comment on Bullets counter-offer.

But he blamed Bullets on courting sponsorship.

“They are supposed to safeguard to TNM and Sulom relationship as an affiliate of Sulom. In fact if you talk to Sulom they will be able to outline how clubs are to safeguard the TNM/Super League relationship,” Ngwenya said.

“Our agreement is very clear that clubs cannot work with competition as there would be consequences.”

FAM General Secretary Nyirenda said the issue had been referred to  Sulom because Bullets are affiliated to country’s top league governing body.

Innocent Bottoman said the league was still consulting on the issue.

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18 thoughts on “Bullets demand K10m upfront from TNM promo”

  1. jiska says:

    when you say conflicts of interest what do you mean?example TNM and AIRTEL both they are operating on paying bill for Escom through airtel money and TNM mpamba and both they involved in GSTV payment is this not conflicts on interest ?come Malawi we are in 50years old but we are still operating old ages, rules are Made and can also be amended.

  2. bbsupporter says:

    Yolakwa ndi SULOM,imangovomeredza zilizonse.

  3. mwana mulopwana says:

    I don’t see any conflict of interest in this issue, the only problem that I see here is big organization monopolize issue to their advantage and to the disadvantage of the poor, CAF is a different issue and teams that will particate does not belong to Sulom, if Airtel wants to sponsor Bullets, let it be so ,otherwise this issue of denying other Telecom operators to sponsor team in other international games is based on archaic type of marketing

  4. godobaman says:

    Wodala, you are right some of these guys need to consult before acting. IF YOU DONT KNOW HOW THINGS WORK ITS BETTER TO KEEP QUITE becoz even kids will know how ignorant sbdy is. THERE IS NO DICTATION HERE ITS TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT.

  5. aphiri says:

    Bullets don’t play the superleague this season get the money and play CAF leave the stupid superleague without reigning champions. if they can’t fund why not allow others? jealousy!!!!!! it simply shows there’s a lot of football politics

  6. Peter says:

    Go to UK and see how Vodaphone and its competitors operate. You will only understand this issue when you are in marketing. AFCON is sponsored by a telecommunication company Orange that’s why no other company in the same industry is no featured.

  7. Ophiri says:

    Dear Mr Mathews Chikaonda and Mr Willem Swart GENTLEMEN you are killing our soccer in Malawi tell me why are you monopolising and dictating our soccer? Do you think your its enough to run that league K60,000 000.00 (ZAR1,500,000.00) How much are you guys racking in your coffers everyday isn’t it you making MORE THAN K60,000,000.00 everyday if am lying please can we see your financials for 2013 TO 2014. Malawi Revenue Authority guys can you investigate these guys surely these guys are under declaring their finances because Chikaonda and Anadkat in South Africa ABSA is sponsoring R400,000,000.00 the league all other companies are allowed to sponsor any team of their choice therefore you guys can’t be blocking other companies from sponsoring these teams All Malawian clubs please take TNM to court as they are denying you other opportunities

    1. Justice kapito says:

      This is stupid !! Why soccer? Are all Malawians soccer fans? How about the other disciplines ? Flood victims? There are better ways of investing the money than wasting it on football

  8. Ababa Thamangiwa. says:

    @KikaKanawe,you should know that companies sponsor porting activities to advantage their brands. if the contract with sulom stated that limitation then fine and good. After all where was the other network when sulom was struggling to get sponsorship. the thing is everywhere such contracts come with conditions. In Europe a player under contract with Adidas cannot appear wearing Nike branded gear. it is as simple as that. You may wish to know that the Netball Association of Malawi is contracted with Airtel to sponsor the National Netbal Team. under that contract NAM can not solicit funding from Airtel’s competitor brands. It is as simple as that. The real issue here in Malawi is the incompetence of football administrators. You will agree with me that we have seen alot of childish decisions from these useless ppo many a time. Bullets have been acting silly lately pushing blame to
    anyone they please including FAM president. unfortunately their fans are buying in this garbbage.

  9. Mike Kasiyafumbi says:

    tnm will do something for sure.

  10. Chimbirazowa says:

    Mulungu ndiwankulu athandiza Bt next time don’t do it again, kumakalowa nyumba ya k100,000. Koma ukulandira k15,000. Akondi mwamva.

  11. True patriot says:

    I think this is why mtl dumped the Nomads.But still thanks to tnm for providing BB with a fading light from a small candle amidist sponsorship darkness.When God says yes nobody can say no.Dzina laMulungu litamandike nthawi zonse.AMEN!!!

  12. chims says:

    a beggar is becoming is troublesome chooser.

    1. nenani sawasawa says:

      choka

  13. Achimidzimidzi says:

    TNM, you been helpful all a long. What has deceived you? Is it nsanje? Please , we don’t want to talk any bad about you

  14. Kika Kanawe says:

    TNM should know Malawi is a liberal market therefore it should not monopolise and dictate sponsorships.

    1. Elhapo says:

      True that Malawi is a liberal market. However, the effect of signing an agreement is to limit the rights you otherwise would have enjoyed. In return you receive a payment.
      Malawians sign an agreement but care little to respect its provisions. That is not the real world!

    2. Wodala says:

      Achimwene Che Kika chimaku vutani chiNgelezi. Do you see anywhere tnm dictating anything? You can’t be emotional and use terms like liberalisation which you have only heard and yet you do not know their meanings.
      TNM is no where dictating anything. BBhas every right to accept terms and conditions as sgipulsted by the sponsors or leave it Mr. Kika. Maybe you are more liberal to come in bambo

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