Big Bullets veterans introduce gate charge
Nyasa Big Bullets veterans have introduced gate charges for their match against SR Socials in a bid to raise funds for their welfare.
Football fans wishing to watch them in action tomorrow at Kamuzu Stadium will be required to pay K500 each.
The two sides first met on January 12 at the same venue with the retired Bullets stars winning 3-2 in an encounter that marked the birth of the team.
So far, the veterans have played three games at Kamuzu Stadium, all free of charge and played in the morning as part of their training.
The veterans’ Chairperson, Isaac Msuku, said they need money to help some of their teammates who require financial support.
“We are working hard to improve the welfare of the old timers. Bullets is a big institution and whoever played for it should not turn into a destitute.
“We will play SR Socials again because the first game was played under heavy rains and people did not watch an exciting match. This is also our first fundraising event and we are asking fans to patronise this match to support their former stars,” Msuku said.
He said they will continue organising fundraising matches to cater for the welfare of players who are part of Bullets’ history.
The team’s General Secretary, Chancy ‘Vinny’ Gondwe, said proceeds from the gate collections would also cater for their planned trip to Lilongwe where they would play two matches.
“We have planned to go to Lilongwe for two friendly games against CR Socials and Silver Strikers Socials. We are pleading with soccer lovers to patronise this match which is pegged at K500 only. Their contribution will help us to fulfil our plans,” Gondwe said.
He said they would cast their net wider to source more funds to help sustain the team’s operations.
“We will not be focusing on football games only. Our attention will also go to charitable activities so that we give back to the community. In addition to this, we are engaging organisations that focus on HIV and Aids issues, among others,” Gondwe said.
SR Socials player, Kandani Ngwira, said they expect an easy match as the veterans have been inactive for many years.
“We will give them a tough game. Most of them are rusty after being inactive since their retirement. We have had good preparations and we are set to entertain the spectators,” Ngwira said.—Additional reporting: Nyasa Big Bullets website