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Cracks resurface in Wanderers camp

NOT ALL IS ROSY—Nomads players react to a loss

Gift Mkandawire

Dust has resurfaced at Mighty Wanderers as some members of the current executive committee have expressed concerns with the conduct of the commercialisation taskforce.

A well-placed source at Wanderers Tuesday revealed that disagreements have erupted between some members of the current executive committee and the taskforce on the composition of the board of directors.

Reports suggest that the taskforce has sidelined passionate members of the current executive committee of the team.

“We are concerned that the taskforce has come up with some names who have no passion for the team. There are very few members in the executive who are running the club using their personal resources,” said the source.

However, Nomads chairperson Chancy Gondwe downplayed the reports.

“There are no disagreements with the taskforce on the board composition. May be some misunderstandings from some members on the concept of the whole idea but, otherwise, all the stakeholders approved that we should take this path as a club,” Gondwe said in a written response.

Gondwe, who replaced Simon Sikwese three months ago, promised to continue working with the Humphrey Mvula-led taskforce, which was established to help the club register as a limited company.

On his part, member of the taskforce Gift Mkandawire, who is also the club’s former chairperson, said registration of the club was a gradual process.

“It will be the executive running the show until the club is registered. The taskforce is there just to support them,” Mkandawire said.

In March this year, members of the taskforce resigned due to divisions within the club’s leadership.

Wanderers and Salima Sugar are expected to sign a sponsorship agreement soon. The company is expected to pump in K5 million every month as part of the deal.

However, Wanderers’ wage bill is around K7 million per month. For the past seven months, the Nomads have been surviving on well-wishers after the end of the agreement with Japanese car dealers Be Forward Limited.

Business tycoon Thomson Mpinganjira, who is a Nomads fan, was the good Samaritan, having contributed over K20 million towards the salaries for the players and staff.

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