Big Bullets in crisis
Nyasa Big Bullets seem to, with their hands, be digging their own grave through in-fighting that has allegedly infuriated sponsor, Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC), whereas vice-general secretary, Kelvin Moyo, claims to have ‘withdrawn’ his services.
The bone of contention is reportedly the finance committee, which a faction of the executive committee has reportedly dissolved.
This camp is reportedly against the finance committee’s chairperson, Isaac Norman, being part of the board.
The committee is being accused of making unilateral decisions, including inviting Dynamos from Zimbabwe, allegedly without the executive’s blessings.
Moyo, who was expected to brief Bullets players after the afternoon training session yesterday at Kamuzu Stadium, confirmed that his withdrawal of services to the team was subject to a final decision next week.
Reports also suggest that chairperson, Sammy Chilunga, who has reportedly fallen out with the other camp, including general secretary, Titha Mandiza, is also contemplating resignation.
Chilunga refused to comment much yesterday, but admitted that he was seriously considering his future. However, Mandiza dismissed talk that there are divisions in Bullets.
“I do not believe in gossip, so I do not want to comment on gossip. My relationship with the chairperson is fine. I am at the centre of the happenings in Bullets. If sponsors had written a letter as you are putting it, I could have received it. It is incorrect that the finance committee has been dissolved,” Mandiza claimed yesterday.
Bullets supporters committee chairperson, Stone Mwamadi, yesterday blamed some members of the executive for rushing to leak the squabbles, including the sponsor’s letter, to the media instead of resolving matters internally.
The most scary part of the in-fighting is that NMC has described the squabbles as constituting a breach of the five-year business partnership agreement worth K500 million.
Nyasa has since summoned Bullets board, captains and trustees to an emergency meeting this Monday in Blantyre.
In a letter which The Daily Times has seen, NMC managing director, Konrad Buckle, warned that the finance committee is critical to the continued partnership.
“We, therefore, would like to warn your board and executive committee that you risk the embarrassment of losing another sponsorship if this does not stop and the current leadership and contractual obligations are not supported,” Buckle wrote.
“We have mentioned these things for you to understand that for us it’s not business as usual. The vast sum of the sponsorship requires total reform and transformation, to enable the People’s Team to achieve greater heights for its sponsors, management and the nation.”
The company is also concerned that the bad publicity is hurting the Nyasa brand.
“Our sales have declined in the past weeks due to the ongoing negative publicity. Regrettably, It seems nothing has changed regarding the management and welfare of the People’s Team and the blatant misuse of club earnings and funds,” he warned.
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