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It is a case of weeping and enduring for a night but joy coming in the morning as struggling giants Mighty Be Forward Wanderers have entered into a financial partnership with Salima Sugar Company for the rest of the season.

Details of the partnership including the amount involved remained sketchy but officials indicated that Salima Sugar Company is willing to fully sponsor Wanderers.

Both Wanderers Chairperson Chancy Gondwe and General Secretary Fadweck Matemba confirmed the development in separate interviews.

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Gondwe said partnering Salima Sugar Company was a big boost to the team which has been struggling after Japanese firm, Be Forward Limited, stopped bankrolling the side on December 31 last year after a five-year deal.

“It has been a tall order but we will announce full details later. All I can say for now is that negotiations are ongoing but the company will partner us for the next nine months that will eventually turn into full sponsorship next year. We are still working on the nitty gritty issues of the deal,” he said.

Salima Sugar Company Secretary Charles Thupi also confirmed the development saying full details will be disclosed soon.

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“We want to partner with Wanderers Football Club and the duration of the partnership will be unveiled at an appropriate time possibly next week. But as of now we can officially say that we will be partnering with Wanderers. The is inline with our corporate social responsibility and we also want to rescue Wanderers as the team is going through problems. As a corporate institution we decided to come in and assist,” he said. Thupi said they do not condone indiscipline.

“We are appealing to supporters and players to behave. We are a company that believes in integrity and discipline,” he said. Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) president Walter Nyamilandu hailed Salima Sugar Company for rescuing Wanderers.

“The coming in of Salima Sugar Company to sponsor Wanderers is a timely boost for the club since they have been living on handouts from well-wishers. It opens a new window of a steady sponsorship for the club if it proves to be viable. I am one hundred percent sure the company will benefit from the Nomads largest fanbase to boost the product’s sales in the country,” he said.

The news came at the right time as Wanderers defeated Kamuzu Barracks 2-0 at Kamuzu Stadium yesterday. Recently, businessman Thomson Mpinganjira donated about K20 million to Wanderers to cater for four months salary for players and coaches.

He then topped up with K3 million.

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