As festive season mood hits the country, Be Forward Wanderers players can breathe a sigh of relief after the club’s officials vouched to maintain the 60 percent salary-scale despite loss of sponsorship.
The development comes at a time Wanderers sponsor, Japanese firm Be Forward Limited, has announced that the company will stop bankrolling the side on December 30 this year due to loss of business due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wanderers General Secretary Victor Maunde said the club was committed to maintaining the salary-scale to promote the welfare of players as they hunt for a sponsor to replace Be Forward Limited.
“Indeed, there were fears that the welfare of the players would be compromised as the sponsor is leaving us this month. I would like to assure our players that the club will not reduce any amount from their salary. We are working with our supporters on this,” he said.
Maunde was not sure when the club would start paying players full salaries following the impending departure of their sponsor.
“As of now, we will maintain what our sponsor used to do. We are hopeful that, in the course of the coming year, we will be able to secure sponsorship to cater for the welfare of the players as well as the entire team,” he said.
Wanderers Captain Alfred Manyozo Jnr commended the executive committee for the gesture, saying it would encourage players to continue working hard.
“Nevertheless, our officials should keep on searching for a new sponsor as the 60 percent salary is still not enough,” he said.
Last month, Wanderers launched a fundraising campaigning tagged ‘Noma Yathu Noma Yanga SMS Promotion’ whereby the teams’ followers and well-wishers asked to contribute a minimum of K100 monthly to go towards the team’s operations.
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