Nyasa Big Bullets President has challenged the club’s newly appointed chief executive officer (CEO) Suzgo Nyirenda to retain the TNM Super League title and turn Bullets into a fully-fledged commercial entity.
Buckle made the remarks on Tuesday night at the College of Medicine in Blantyre, where the club was unveiling Nyirenda.
Among other things, Buckle said Bullets have taken a big step in football management with the hiring of Nyirenda and could not afford to play second fiddle to any team.
“We have employed a real professional and we remain optimistic that the hiring of the former Cosafa [Council of Southern African Football Associations] deputy CEO will help us realise our dreams of being among Africa’s leading clubs. What needs to be understood is that football in Malawi has to go to the next level.
“We know that he is going to have his hands full, with a lot of work to do, but, listening to him, you see someone with a strong personality and a strong character. That’s exactly the kind of man we need to run Nyasa Big Bullets. We are trailing in the league and I am challenging him to do his best so that we retain the league title,” he said.
Buckle said his dream has always been to see Bullets becoming a team with continental honours.
“We want Bullets to be a force to reckon with across Africa. All we need is to build a strong foundation so that we start getting results at home. It is not on to be lifting league titles and cups at home, with nothing to show for it at international level. All we need is to give our players the belief that they are good. Giving them international exposure will be very beneficial from all angles,” he said.
Nyirenda thanked Bullets for entrusting him with the responsibility of leading the team.
“My main task is to turn the club around so that it is recognised as a brand not only in the country but across the continent as well. We, as a club, need to focus on sustainability so that we move to the next level of commercialisation.
“We need to embark on several approach strategies such as brand activation, signing of partnerships and building human resources and structures for the club as we wait to have our own stadium and a permanent home,” he said.
Nyirenda said his experience at Football Association of Malawi (Fam) as general secretary and deputy CEO at Cosafa would help him deliver at Bullets.
“I understand what football administration requires at this stage. We will go full throttle into commercialisation as we also comply with club licencing requirements. Let us not despise ourselves. We can grow our business exponentially if we partner and help each other realise mutual gains.
“The challenge I see is to maintain the club’s competitive edge. I know it is not easy but, with the team and staff at my disposal and with the support of the board and supporters, we will make it,” he said.
Speaking at the event, Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda commended Bullets for hiring Nyirenda.
Gunda said Nyirenda needed to fully embrace club licencing and make Bullets a regular in Caf competitions.
“I am confident that he is the right man for the job. Bullets have won so many trophies in the country and they must aim at doing the same in continental competitions,” Gunda said.
Bullets turned into a commercial entity about four years ago.