Bullets risk losing Nyasa sponsorship:  ‘Civil war’ in Malawi champions camp

Malawi’s most prestigious football team, Big Bullets risk losing a multi million Kwacha ( $900,000) sponsorship deal with a cigarette manufacturing company,  due to the infighting which has taken centre stage in the executive  committee of the club.

Noel Lipipa: Trouble rocking Bullets camp

Noel Lipipa: Trouble rocking Bullets camp

Bullets inked a controversial deal with country’s sole cigarette manufacturer Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC) which rolled out in January but the company has warned it may stop bankrolling the club.

Chairman  of Nyasa, Konrad Buckle  said he is not amused with the cracks in the Bullets camp especially over money issues as  the finance committee has reportedly been  dissolved.

Some officials are against the finance committee’s chairperson, Isaac Norman, being part of the board.

The  Nyasa letter which Nyasa Times has sourced , Buckle has expressed  concerns over a cocktail of issues.

“We have been following events surrounding the club in the media, newsprint and the social media. As the chairman of Nyasa ,I am very concerned with the bad publicity the team is getting, which is directly affecting us as a partner,” Buckle said.

“We have done our research, and we have realised that that there is in fighting between the executive members and all of you know, that weak members creates a weak club,” reads part of the letter signed by Buckle.

Buckle warned Bullets  of the risk  of losing the sponsorship if the infighting continues.

“Let me remind you that Nyasa Manufacturing Company is a brand and we would not want our brand to be affected or associated by such infighting, lack of discipline and lack of expertise to manage a business,” he said.

Adding with a stern warning: “We therefore would like to warn your Board and Executive Committee that you risk the embarrassment of  losing another sponsorship if this does not stop and the current leadership and contractual obligations are not supported.

“We have privately discussed this pertinent issue with  several neutral parties and we believe that this in fighting between the current chairman, Sadik Malinga, Alex Kondwe,  Peter Mandiza and Noel Lipipa is detrimental to the club  management, welfare and future of this amazing football team. The bad publicity and infighting is very clear in the contract – it’s a breach of the contract (with serious consequences).

“The reason that Nyasa selected BB for  sponsorship is because we believe in the club ,the current chairman and the brand. We were also aware that for  last ten or eleven years nobody wanted to sponsor BB for exactly the same reasons ,infighting and lack of leadership.”

Nyasa has claimed its cigarette sales have declined in the past weeks “due to the ongoing negative publicity.”

Buckle pointed out: “ Regrettably, It seems nothing has changed regarding the management and welfare of the People’s Team and the blatant misuse of club earnings and funds.”

Chilunga, who chairs the 1967-founded team, said the deal with Nyasa is a “strategic business partnership” and the cigarette company “uses the team’s supporters’ base to enhance their brand.

The chair of supporters committee, Stone Mwamadi, has blamed some members of the executive for leaking to the media the internal squabbles, including the sponsor’s letter, instead of resolving matters internally.

Bullets, twice champions of the country’s Super League and who command the biggest fan base spread throughout the tiny and soccer-mad southern African nation, has been without sponsorship for nine years since former president Bakili Muluzi sponsored them for two years.

Most of the 16 teams in Malawi’s poorly-run amateur super league are sponsored by the Army, Police and government. The rest are owned by private clubs.

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34 thoughts on “Bullets risk losing Nyasa sponsorship:  ‘Civil war’ in Malawi champions camp”

  1. peter spark says:

    These guyz eeeeeee sakonda team koma yet ndimabige ateam

  2. amfana says:

    nthawi ya kondi anthu wake ndi womwewa,lipipa ndianzakewa amamusokoneza kondi.lero ayambanso ife ngati masapota takwiya nawo.

  3. Kelvin Milanzi says:

    Bullets ndimaikonda bt ma big ake akaona dola mitimayaw sikhala mmalo nde mwina zimawasangala akakhal opanda sponsorship mwin kungowasiy bas

  4. Martin says:

    A Bullets alibe mwambo. Tangowasiyani, azitolera ndalama mmaget basi. Asatinyase

  5. Oscar D Phiri says:

    Iwe Neba unazolowera kunkhala wopanda wokuthandiza kuba basi mukukangana ziyani?

  6. NYIX EUEL says:

    Neba hehede!!!zamanyazi osakwanaso chaka, mpite kwakhoswe ubachalawu mpakampakatu.Come to Ngokwe more sponsers than ndudu

  7. Chithumwa says:

    zikutheka tinaku uza zija zosokoneza zija mesa keep it up fire burn amwali

  8. Bullets ndi-team yachimidz ndipo inazolowera kuvutika komaso ndiyohititsa manyaz ingowasiyan makape aona zochita

  9. Fikila Peter says:

    Mungonena kuti simunakozeke kuthandiza timu.musachuluse zokamba.

  10. Messi says:

    Ukazolowela u bachala ndi choncho. Kupeza mkazi, koma zochita zako kukhalabe ngati bachala. Neba kuzolowela ubachala.

  11. WATIPASO says:

    Abale, malonda afodya ndichoncho, kukoka kamodzi, zaka seven

  12. Amajita says:

    Neba Fodya wamuzunguza mutu mpaka kuyamba kukangana kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk Neba unasankha dala wekha Fodya lero ndi izi nde Fisher naye akuti sakuyilora zoti Chiukepo akhale Captain zayambika simunati.

  13. Who Knows Not And Thinks He Knows Leave Him. says:

    I Was Concerned And Troubled Hearing That The Peoples Team Has Associated Itself With Company Chaired A Person With A Quesionable Reputition, Those Who Knew Him Can Agree With Me. The Whole Episode The Company`s Making So That The Cancell Sponsarship Deal Affer Using The Peoples Team For Publicity, Billboards Advertisements. The Two Gentlement Who Have Resigned They Are Being Used And They Have Betrayed The Bullets Family Big Time,

  14. Nyamakumutu says:

    Bwanji osangonena kuti simunaganize bwino pothandiza team. It’s about financial problems the country is facing. The fact that you are losing on sale it’s not because of the publicity. How many people in Malawi read news paper to know there is the in fighting and therefore no profit on fodya. Do you think in with the current economic challenges a wise person can spend money on fodya than on food. Very few Malawians smokes. Just tell us that you have found it hard to manage the promise and therefore you are stopping the sponsorship not on what you have said. mumayesa kuti Boma likuchotserani msonkho for the sponsorship. Notho zosatheka.

  15. Che Wanimiliyoni says:

    Nyasa Company and Big Bullets are two different entities so no one between the two should hold the other to a ransom because of the sponsorship. Nyasa Company can close shop without Bullets or the other way round. So the sponsor should let the club solve its own internal wrangles without undue influence. The moment the sponsor start to favour certain individuals that will be the beggining of the end of this love affair because this is a community team whose ultimate goal is about results and not profits. And an advice to superleague teams: tighten sponsorship contracts to bind sponsors to contract period no matter what. It shud be about contract renewals not fulfiment. I find Nyasa Companys take on the Bullets in-fighting biased towards the current committee.

  16. Francis Gama says:

    koma anthu amenewa asasiye kuthandiza timuyi mufuna kumangowabera maplayer.Kozani zithu mwansanga sikukufunani inu anthu okonda katapila mufuna mudzitinamiza kuti team iri ndi ngongole mutasolola .

  17. WANYERERE says:

    Neba tinakuuza chani? Fodya alibe tsogolo, infighting causing a drop in sales what a joke ? Kaya musova ndi a mwenye anuo.

  18. INNOCENT says:

    sAM CHILUNGA IS TO BLAME HONESTLY . WHY IS HE SIDELINES OTHER EXECUTIVE MEMBERS LIKE TITHA, MALINGA, LIPIPA,GONDWE AND OTHERS AND CHOOSE TO WORK WITH THIS NOMADS GUY KELVIN MOYO AND HIS FELLOW SDA MEMBER NORMAN ISAAC ?

    BB PLAYERS TAKE CARE DO NOT SIDE WITH THIS CHILUNGA CAMP .

  19. Myao says:

    NO WONDER THEY SETTLED FOR AN INCOMPETENT COACH!

  20. Ife a bonya bullets tikuti olo musiye kupanga sponsor tilibe nazo ntchito ife ndi afisi olo titasitha ntchire tidzakhalabe afisi

  21. wamkaka says:

    once a winner, owez a winner!!!!!! whatever the case bullets wil be malawi’s best football team…. wamkaka 4eva!!!!!!! maulle ndi dhiluuuuuuuuuuuuu

  22. Mtonyo says:

    The problem is the team is full of thieves, mabulutu and savages who love kusolola and stone throwing on other teams’ fans. Aisovatu amenewa.

  23. markmarkc says:

    Galu ndi Galu olo umpatsire M’mbale amaponya pasi!

  24. markmarkc says:

    Timu yambava iyi!safuna mu2 wachilungamo koma mbala!Mwaiwala kuti nthawi ina anasankha Macholowe kukhala team manager?Ukhalira yopempha neba!

  25. BEJE says:

    kkkkkkkk the sales of cigarettes has gone down in the past two weeks because of infighting.what a bad statement.manage ur finances with prudence to make NMC stay with you

  26. Mbuyambo says:

    Nyasa Officials r lying they were saying sales hs gone down due to illegal imports on TV they r alot of smuggled cigarrettes hence low sales

  27. Bosweii says:

    Osokoneza achoke, izi ndi zamasewero, si malo opangira business awa,muli nazo zanu zochita, kapitirizeni zimenezo, tisiireni BB yathu, mwinatu ndinu a ganyueti? Plz lets get rid of these money lovers. Our sponsors, hold your heart, we are proud of you.

  28. Mbuya says:

    Nyasa Officials r lying they were saying sales hs gone down due to illegal imports on TV they r alot of smuggled cigarrettes hence low sales

  29. VIBLY says:

    MAVENDA NDI CHONCHO
    SIZACHILENDO NKAKHALIDWE ANTHUWA AND TIMADABWA KUTI ANYASAWO SAMADZIWA KUTI NGACHONCHO.
    ITAYENI TEAM IYO THANDIZANI ANTHU OTI AKUTHANDIZANI
    BOLA KUTHANDIZA TIGERS FC THAN ANKHUTU KUMVE ADYERA NGATI AMENEO

  30. Beforward says:

    BULLETS NDI TEAM YOSATHEKA MA OFFICIAL ONSE NDI ADYERA AKUSOWA POBELA NDALAMAZO,ANTHUWA NDI AGARU,AMASIKINI, MABULUTU KAPENA TITI MIGUNDULI.

  31. chimms says:

    A cursed club, the problem is that the club doesn’t have owner.

  32. Tk says:

    The Chairman of Nyasa has claimed its cigarette sales have declined in the past weeks “due to the ongoing negative publicity. Is this guy for real or is this some kind of early April fool joke. Get rid of this clown.

  33. Mandevu Waluza says:

    Please let us choose members who really have love, passion for BB. I do not believe these other members really support Bullets. They are there to destroy BB. They go there like they love the club but in real sense they are from the other camp.

    Please live bullets to those who are of the blood of Bullets. It is now the time that we need to see people who can read the club and not fighting because Nyasa has come in with money. The love of money is the root to infighting. Just leave Bullets if you are there to confuse. We are seeing from a distance.

  34. Wa ganyu says:

    Kuzolowela kukhala opanda sponsorship team imeneyi

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