The future of Southern Region Footbal l Association (SRFA) Premier Division side, Bvumbwe Research, remains uncertain as government has withdrawn sponsorship.
A letter addressed to the club’s Chaiperson, Senior Deputy Director of Agricultural Research Services, Martin Mwale, states that Bvumbwe Research Station had withdrawn all kinds of assistance, including vehicles and fuel.
“This painful decision has been arrived at as a way of cutting costs because the station is experiencing financial challenges such that the cost of vehicle maintenance is just unbearable. We will always remember the good times we have had and we wish you all the best as you continue participating in the league,” Mwale wrote.
Club General Secretary, Majidu Mponda, said the loss of the sponsorship had crippled the team, which is unable to fulfil fixtures.
He said efforts to request SRFA secretariat to withhold the team’s games until they identify another sponsor, hit a snag.
“At first we used to make contributions among ourselves and other well-wishers, but we have now run out of money,” Mponda said.
SRFA Vice-General Secretary, Kingsley Simbeye, confirmed that the team’s request for their games to be put on hold was not granted.
“We said no because this would delay the league. They will continue forfeiting games. But we sympathise with them and we are appealing to well-wishers to come to their rescue,” Simbeye said.
The club is currently on position 13 on the log table with 38 points from 26 games.
Be Forward Wanderers’ Assistant Coach, Bob Mpinganjira, used to train the side before he returned to the Lali Lubani Road last month.
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