Academic don Albert Mtungambera Harawa was elected as Chairperson for Mzuzu University Football Club on Friday, 24th February, 2017 at Mzuzu University Campus.
The elections were held to fill vacant positions of Chairperson and the vice following Dr Felix Bello’s resignation on 17th February 2017. The Vice Chairperson, Dr Wells Singini, resigned way back at the beginning of the 2016 TNM Super League season just after one month in office.
Harawa became the club’s chair, unopposed. Golden Msosa became the club’s Vice Chairperson, also unopposed.
Speaking after the elections, Harawa, who is a lecturer in Literature at Mzuzu University, said he was humbled to bounce back as chair for the club after a season off. He added that during the one year he was out of the executive, he had enough time to reflect on how best to serve Mzuzu University Football Club.
“There is a lot to be done in order to lift the spirits of the players to deliver on the field of play. I am happy that people still have trust in me and I will work hard with my colleagues in the executive to achieve our goals as a club,” explained Harawa.
At the same meeting, it was disclosed that Mzuni FC will be given 31 Million Kwacha for the 2017 season and according to Harawa, there is deficit of 36 Million Kwacha from the total budget to run the club in the forthcoming season.
Quizzed on what he would do to realize shortfall, Harawa said there are plans to run the club as a business. He said among other things, a restaurant and a bar will be opened in the quest to generate revenue. He also said they would be asking the cooperate world to become business partners in addition to selling the club’s jerseys and caps.
“We are also thinking of steering the Mzuzu University alumni to support the team wherever it travels to fulfill its Super League fixtures and where possible contribute the little they may have towards the running of Mzuzu University Football Club,” remarked Harawa.
Albert Mtungambera Harawa was at the helm of Mzuni FC from the time it was in Northern Region Simama League until its first season in the TNM Super League.
Mzuni FC players will start training on 1st March 2017 and it is rumoured that the team will travel to Mbeya in Tanzania for a strength testing match ahead of the season with the agreement of former flames coach Kinnah Phiri who is mentor for Mbeya United.