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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :