Bullets chairman Kondi Msungama wore a brave face to apologise to the team’s fans for the failure of the South Africa tour for pre-season games in Limpopo Province.
Msungama addressed a news conference on Saturday at Shire Highlands Hotel in Blantyre where he said the tour was cancelled because it would have cost the team an arm and leg.
He said the money which would have been spent on the trip would be directed to the players’ welfare.
“I would like to apologise not only to the Bullets fans but Malawi as a whole because I have decided to cancel the trip so that the money would should be used to pay for last season’s arrears of players,” Msungama said.
“This is good for the players because we would have spent a lot of money for just three days and yet we would have had difficulties to pay them.”
He also said the money, which he declined to mention, but inside sources said it was in the region of K40 million, would also help them pay for new players transfer fees ahead of the new season TNM Super League kicking off on April 19.
The decision, which would affect some 10 fans who won air tickets to travel with the team in a promotion the team conducted to raise money for the trip, was welcomed by players.
Bullets former captain Chikumbutso Kanyenda said it would not have made sense to spend on the South Africa trip while the club owe players a lot of money.
“I can’t be worried that the trip has been cancelled because it was more of a luxurious trip as people know that we are struggling,” Kanyenda said.
James Chilapondwa and former South Africa based professional Sankhani Mkandawire also backed the decision to withdraw the trip.