Nyasa stops Bullets sponsorship: Malawi ‘People’s Team’ turmoil

Malawi’s most prestigious football team, Big Bullets has lost a K500 million (about $728 000) sponsorship deal with a cigarette manufacturing company Nyasa.

Nyasa’s Konrad Buckle (left): Enough is enough

The deal with Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC) entailed  the sponsorship money would be spread over five years.

But the sponsors on Monday told a news conference that they are suspending their sponsorship deal  following the confusing in the Peopel’s Team which has seen board of Trustees resigning enmasse.

The first to resign was board chairperson James Busile who was followed by Gregory Madeya before the others, including vice-chairperson Fred Kwacha, secretary Jim Kalua, the club’s finance and administration chairperson Fleetwood Haiya, who is NMC finance director,  also followed suit.

“We have decided that our sponsorship should be suspended,” Nyasa boss Konrad Buckle told a news conference.

Bullets 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 when Nyasa rescued them.

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.

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14 thoughts on “Nyasa stops Bullets sponsorship: Malawi ‘People’s Team’ turmoil”

  1. Ronto says:

    Neba sadzatheka basiii

  2. Kaka says:

    Useless bunch of the so called supporters….I truly love this team koma omwe amati ndi ma supporter, atsogoleri, they are all a bunch of thieves and mbuli… I can’t complain with the position that the sponsor has taken, mwachita bwino NMC kuzisiya….let us learn a hard way and see if we will be able to maintain good players!!

  3. Kaka says:

    Its just a few greedy individuals and the supporters causing all this mess. For once, Bullets supporters wake up please!!!!….Anthu azitinena kuti ndife mbuli pa zinthu zina osati izi ay. Why not embracing the idea of commercialization. Basi, ndalama zimene mwaba mmbuyomu zakukwanani…kenako we will just match against you thieves!!!! Don’t think we are all idiots…some of us are learned people and love bullets and football truly osati kufuna timu kumayidyera…..Its high time we had this team managed by learned people, professionals, osati chifukwa choti ndiwe supporter wakalekale basi mphuno biiii kufuna kutsogolera team…..Shupiti zanu, agalu……Ndikukupemphani kuti muvomereze what the trustees are proposing….If our constitution is flawed, the best way is to review the constitution in light of the commercialization agenda going forward….Ine Ndakwiya kwambiri….and we seem not to be sensitize to issues and refuse to move with time in this day and age. Suffice to say this is not the right time to engage in these exasperating, useless battles, at the time when things started to change for the better…. After all as supporters we have our committee, so whats the problem anthu inu, pliz chonde????? As supporters, its only good and proper not to meddle into the core management issues of the club……let us do our 12th Player role basi!!!!!! Our behavior as supporters if at all we are, is just unacceptable to say the least. INE NDAKWIYA NANU ANTHU OIPA INU!!!! ….DEMETI!!!!!!

  4. the chisales says:

    I don’t understand if so called supporters committee members are really genuine supporters or ndi aganyu akungofuna kupha timui? Ndanena izi chifukwa choti, Ali yense even ndi Mwana akutha kudziwa ubwino wa team ikakhala kuti ili commercialized and ma positions omwe amayenera kukhalapo. Koma Iwo (masapotawo) asankha mawa dala kukana zimenezo ati ndikumakakamira za ziii zomwe sizinathe kupindulira tram muzaka zonsezi. Ife pawasankha timafuna kuti akonze team osati kuononga. Panopa awawononga kale, chimene chokha choyenera angachite achi Stone ndi anzawo ndi kutula pansi maudindo nawo chifukwa alephera.

  5. Yakobo says:

    Achita bwino tione ngati mbuli za ma supporter nu muchite sponsor team yi. Umbava basi

  6. S.Chisale says:

    I’ve 46+ of my age and since my birth, Timu ya Fuko has been my favourite team and will remain to be my TEAM. Koma umbuli ndi kusaphunzira ndi zomwe zachuluka ku Team yathuyi. Anthu amasankha bwanji MBUZI zaku Ndirande kuti zitsogolere Team? Ndinakakondwa ndi supporters Executive yomwe inakatha. Agalu a wanthu. Mwachita bwino a Nyasa Manufacturing Company kuzisiya.

  7. Machiavelli says:

    zinthu zingayende bwanji ngati team ikumayendetsedwa ndi mbuli zamasapota ngati achina Stone Mwamadi. anthu woti angakuthandizeni ngati achina Kondie Msungama simumawafuna. team iyi sidzatheka. muyambaso kukwera ma pick-up pokamenya ma game

  8. Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche says:

    Kuzolowera kubha agalu inu ngati chakwera.

    1. jah man says:

      You mearnt ngati Chaponda?

  9. Bibo says:

    The problem is that there are too many savages in the south,even people who are educated you find some are savages.Things can not change if southerners are given top positions in politics,government,private sector,and sports. Even Kamuzu Banda didn’t like leadership from the south-the people there are too corrupt,don’t care about others,and have mafia-like style of living. I wonder why people were complaining during early Kamuzu’s time about northerners having a lot of top positions in government; Kamuzu trusted their integrity and wisdom,but unfortunately, the first Malawian president was paranoid with the northerners,he thought they would oust him. I am not surprised with the confusion in Bullets-this is what the team is known for.

  10. Too bad but am sure the sponsors had no choice, No way a credible entity like Nyasa Company associate itself with this. trust me I am a big supporter of Big Bullets but I understand the position from which this decision has been from

  11. Murupale pa Thyolo says:

    Bullets imafuna zimenezi basi. Anazolowera umphawi. The goodness is that they have done it in house. Amakumana mbava zikuluzikulu zokhazokha. Nanga mumunamizira Chaponda kapena?

  12. Achimidzi says:

    Thats the good news that we have been waiting for. Professionalism ndi u savage dont go together. How can somebody who doesnt even contribute a penny make decisions for a soccer club

  13. ineyo says:

    I like this team but masapota MBUZIiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Very mbuziiiiiiiiiiiiiii, Nawenso mtolankhani Mbuziiiiiiiiiiiii, Poorly run wakwanu?

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