Malawi’s representatives in two continental competitions—Be Forward Wanderers and Masters Security—Tuesday received K500,000 each from Nyasa Big Bullets.
The donation is timely considering that Masters are expected to leave for Angola today to face Atletico Petroleos de Luanda on Saturday in Confederation of African Football (Caf) Confederation Cup whereas Wanderers will leave tomorrow for the Democratic Republic of Congo to date AS Vita on Sunday.
Bullets Chief Executive Officer, Fleetwood Haiya, said they donated the money because the two teams were carrying Malawi’s flag in the continental competitions.
“We might be rivals on the pitch but we had to support these two teams because they are representing Malawi. So, as Nyasa Big Bullets Limited Company, we felt that we should support them financially, physically and psychologically. Let me also take advantage of this forum to confirm that we have been working jointly with Wanderers off the pitch in different activities. They also donated to us money when we took part in Caf Champions League some three years ago, and participated in a fundraising match for our former goalkeeper Vincent Gona.
“We are one football family and our only difference is the colours,” he said in Blantyre.
Nomads General Secretary, Mike Butao, said they never expected the donation from Bullets, having played them in a friendly on Saturday.
“We raised about K3 million when we played Bullets in the friendly, and we felt that sum was important. But now Bullets have gone an extra mile after donating the sum. Of course, we have been working with Bullets in different activities, including the Into Sports Bonanza,” he said.
Masters representative, Mervin Mbweza, said they were also delighted with Bullets’ support.
“We do not take Bullets’ kind gesture for granted. We appreciate their assistance and we will do our best not to be mere tourists in the continental competition,” he said.
During the friendlies, Bullets lost 2-0 to Wanderers at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday before beating Masters by a similar margin the following day.
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