A Blantyre derby fundraising match involving traditional rivals Mighty Be forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets failed to meet its target of raising K10 million as set by the organisers.
The match was organized with an aim of raising money to assist Bullets goalkeeper Vincent Gona access medical attention at the Beit Cure International Hospital in Blantyre.
The player needs at least K3.6 million to undergo a full operation after sustaining a harmstring injury about ten months ago in a Carsberg Cup match against Mafco FC.
According to Bullets Finance and Fundraising Committee Chairman Isaac Norman, out of the total sum realised from gate collections, the two teams involved went home with K1.6 million each.
“The game grossed K5.4 million but Bullets and Wanderers shared K3.2 million net; meaning it is our K1.6 million share that will go towards the treatment of Gona,” said Norman.
Queried on what will be the way forward since the needed amount for Gona still short, Norman said the issue has been surrendered to Bullets executive committee to decide.
“We have referred the issue to our executive committee who will make arrangements on how to find the remaining sum” he said.
Meanwhile, some soccer followers have expressed disappointments through various social platforms with the decision to share the other part of the money realised instead of making sure that the player gets all the required sum.
But reports reaching Nyasa Times indicates that the Nomads made it clear before the match that their contribution will only be their appearance at the stadium.