Northern Region Premier League side Kaporo Stars may be wallowing in a river of financial malnutrition for some time following withdraw of sponsorship by owner Alufeyo Chipanga Banda.
Banda cited differences with Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) as the propeller of his decision saying they have “hidden motives to have me out of football.”
Nyasa Times has established that the birth of tension between the Kaporo Stars sponsor and the NRFA began last week due to the apparent failure by the NRFA to send an invitation to the owner for last weekend’s prize presentation held in Mzuzu.
In a telephone interview Banda said he has withdrawn his sponsorship due to the fact that the NRFA committee members have a negative attitude towards him and do not want him involved in the running of football in the north.
“I was expecting an invitation to the prize presentation for the Simama League, as my team finished fourth in the just ended season. I was surprised to learn all teams got phone calls for the event except me,” he said.
Banda also revealed that he had also halted a K2 million kwacha football bonanza in the north.
“I believe the association sees me as a threat because I want to run in the elections of the NRFA this year, that is why they don’t want me and that is why they are playing a cat and mouse game,” he lamented.
When quizzed why Kaporo Stars were bearing the full brunt of his personal wrangles with the NRFA, said it was justifiable enough for him to pull out sponsorship since he was just staying without practicing politics.
However, when contacted to get their side of the story general secretary for the NRFA Patel Kaunda said the association followed all measures in inviting all the teams to the prize presentation over the weekend.
“The message about the prize presentation was stated on the Watsapp forum that we have. All teams are members and they all received it and everyone was aware of the event and all were communicated,” he said.
The Kaporo Stars sponsor made headlines in the media when he took football matters to courts two years ago.
This followed a controversial match between his side and Mzuzu University Football Club (Mzuni FC) over championship of the Simama League.
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