TNM Super League outfit Chitipa United have bemoaned their poor start to the 2020/21 season, saying it was affecting the team’s commercialisation drive.
Chitipa launched the initiative towards last year’s end and this inspired top football administrators and politicians to buy replicas at a higher price in support of the club.
The club’s general secretary Duma Ngoma said sales have gone down since the season started due to Chitipa’s poor form.
“I don’t have the figures now but we are not selling like we used to before the season started. At the start of the season, our sales were better. But our recent form has contributed to poor sales,” he said.
Ngoma said it was a setback as the club and other teams were not getting gate revenue due to Covid-19 restrictions.
“This is painful because we are not making money from the gates as supporters are not allowed to watch matches due to Covid-19 protocols. This has affected our operations. If we had made a lot of sales, then our operations would have been smooth,” he said.
Following Chitipa’s dismal performance, Ngoma said the club’s management has summoned the Alex Ngwira-led coaching panel to a review meeting.
However, he ruled out firing the coaches saying it was not a solution.
“We have called for a crisis meeting with the coaches to give us an explanation. The season is just eight weeks old and we have started fighting for our survival against relegation. We will take the next step after we hear from them,” Ngoma said.
During the launch of the commercialisation drive, Minister of Youth and Sports Ulemu Msungama bought a jersey at K500,000.
Chitipa anchor the 16-member log table, having lost six matches and collected a point from seven games.