Malawi champions Nyasa Big Bullets FC have navigated through their current crisis by accepting all conditions their sponsor Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC) imposed on the club to keep the K500 million five-year sponsorship.
Nyasa had threatened to review its sponsorship position if the club had refused to accept Sam Chilunga as chairperson.
Bullets accepted the condition and that those against Chilunga leadership—led by vice-chairperson Sadick Malinga—will have to resign.
“All people that are not ready to embrace the modern way of running the team as a business entity must resign or be sacked; for the betterment of the teams’ stakeholders, mainly, supporters and players,” reads a statement seen by Nyasa Times signed by Bullets trustees secretary Jim Kalua.
Kalua said Nyasa has committed to continue sponsoring Bullets “ on condition that the current chairman runs the club.”
He added: “ The sponsors clearly indicated that they have trust in him due to his credentials, leadership skills and his welfare stance for the players, who are key stakeholders of the team.”
Chairman of Nyasa, Konrad Buckle summoned an emergency meeting on Monday at the company’s offices with the team’s trustees, main executive committee, supporters committee and the team’s captains and gave his demands to have Chilunga take control.
After the club accepted all conditions, Buckle said he was “delighted” and committed Nyasa to bankroll the club with K100 million annually for five years,
“All is well and it is our hope that lessons have been learned and such a thing will not happen again,” he said.
Buckle said Nyasa wants the club to prioritise players ‘ welfare, to have robust club’s finance committee and set up a secretariat with an administrator and accountant so as to be in line with the club licencing requirements.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :