Surestream Petroleum Limited has withdrawn sponsorship of their Surestream Football Club but will maintain the football academy in Blantyre after it has emerged that former technical director Peter Mponda registered the institution’s wing, Surestream Football Club, under his name.
The company confirmed to Nyasa Times on Tuesday that they agreed with Mponda that he should take the club but withdraw all players below 18 to go back to the academy.
They have also ordered Mponda not to use the name Surestream, its emblems and any material from the company.
Surestream spokesperson Linda Chiume-Gombera confirmed the development, saying both parties agreed with board chairperson Christopher Pitman participating in a meeting through Skype video call during the discussion which was witnessed by Football Association of Malawi CEO Suzgo Nyirenda, Super League of Malawi l VP Daud Suleman and Treasure Tiya Somba Banda who was the main mediator.
Banda said: “Surestream have set some conditions which include change of name.”
In an interview with Nyasa Times, Mponda said he was happy with the arrangement and expressed determination to forge ahead.
“This has been sorted out peacefully and everyone has gone his way happy,” said Mponda.
He said companies and well-wishers are likely to come forward to bankroll the club, saying there is “a lot of talent” in the club.
Mponda said: “I am talking to potential partners and sponsors, but for now things are okay.”
Mponda said he will announce a new name of the club but meanwhile, he said the club will be called Wizards as a tribute to his former Canadian club Ottawa Wizards.
He paid tribute to Surestream chair Pitman as “a successful businessman”.
Meanwhile, Surestream Academy will continue operating but Mponda’s team will not use their facilities.
Surestream FC was established in 2013 when they joined and won the Southern Region Football League (SRFL) Division One title to earn promotion into the Premier Division where they also excelled and won promotion to the Super League the following season.
Surestream FC are third from the bottom in the 15-team league with six points from nine games.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :