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Fam boss hunts for Wanderers sponsor

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HEADING THE SHIP—Sikwese

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu has joined other stakeholders in searching for Be Forward Wanderers sponsorship.

Wanderers officially lost sponsorship from Japanese firm Be Forward Limited on December 31 last year after a five-year partnership.

Nyamilandu, who played and managed the Lali Lubani Road outfit before, pleaded with well-wishers to rescue financially struggling Wanderers.

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“We are working behind the scenes to help out Wanderers. Though it is not easy to secure football sponsorship, we are hoping to attract sponsors because Wanderers is a big club with a huge fan base and massive footprint.

“We are there sounding SoS to all potential sponsors to bail Wanderers out, knowing that it has huge marketing potential. Suffice to say that it is worth investing in the club,” he said.

The Fifa Council Member is well known for brokering Nyasa Big Bullets sponsorship with Nyasa Manufacturing Company.

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Meanwhile, Wanderers Chairperson Simon Sikwese has said they would still be called ‘Be Forward Wanderers’ until the name change is effected by authorities.

“We will start the process of changing names through Fam and Sulom [Super League of Malawi] very shortly. Meanwhile we will still be BF until such time that the name Mighty Wanderers will be approved,” he said.

Sikwese admitted it would be tough to maintain the team in the absence of stable sponsorship.

“In terms of salaries, we are in a crisis. We do not have money to pay for salaries but are reaching out to well wishers and supporters to support us so that we have something to provide for the players.

“We are busy looking for sponsors. We are submitting proposals to companies. We are calling upon our supporters to come and help in this situation of need,” he said.

Recently, Wanderers launched a fundraising campaign tagged ‘Noma Yathu Noma Yanga SMS promotion’ whereby the teams’ followers and well-wishers are asked to contribute a minimum of K100 monthly to go towards the team’s operations.

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