Nyasa Big Bullets players have started experiencing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic with sponsor Nyasa Manufacturing Company cutting their salaries by half from next month.
Bullets follow in the footsteps of bitter rivals Be Forward Wanderers who announced a 50 per cent cut after the Japanese second hand car dealer reduced sponsorship by half.
Speaking during a press briefing in Blantyre yesterday, Bullets Chief Executive Officer, Escort Chinula, said they discussed the matter with their players before making the announcement.
“We engaged the players on this matter and they agreed to our proposal. We are pleased that they are willing to help the club in these tough times. We treated this as an internal matter throughout our discussions until we reached a consensus,” Chinula, who was flanked by Coach Kallisto Pasuwa and Chief Administrator Albert Chigoga, said.
Chigoga added that the cut also extended to management of the club and technical panel members.
“We have not imposed this on anyone within the club’s setup. We had extensive discussions with all concerned parties and everyone has understood why this decision has to be taken. The club will continue to pay half salaries until when the season kicks off and is in full swing,” he said.
Senior player Chiukepo Msowoya declined to comment on the matter, saying he had no mandate to do so.
I am not the right person to comment. Our captain John Lanjesi speaks on our behalf and is the one with the full mandate to say something,” Msowoya said.
Lanjesi did not pick our calls after several attempts.
On a different note, Chinula announced that the team’s defender-cum-midfielder, Precious Sambani, will be disciplined after writing a letter terminating his contract.
“Sambani is our player. As such, we expect him to appreciate that he remains our employee. If he indeed wanted to leave the club, he should have followed proper procedures. We will therefore punish him accordingly.
“Let me also advise his family to stay away from issues surrounding his career as he remains a Bullets employee whatever the case. We have taken our position on the matter and we will not condone any acts bordering on indiscipline,” he said.
Chinula also took the opportunity to shed light on issues surrounding South African side TS Sporting’s interest in attacker Peter Banda.
“TS Sporting have indeed made enquiries on Peter and we are weighing our options. We have communication from TS Sporting expressing interest in Banda’s services.
“We are currently in talks with them and the player’s manager. We are trying to see whether the deal and the team are good for the player’s development. So once everything is sorted, we will advise,” Chinula said.