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Mighty Wanderers players will from this month smile all the way to the bank after getting full salaries after over a year of receiving half pay due to Covid woes.

Wanderers management was just like most teams, forced to reduce players’ salaries to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.

The team’s commercialisation chairperson Clement Stambuli confirmed the development but hailed the players for enduring hard times during the Covid era.

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“Wanderers is one of the highest paying teams in the country. We continue to prioritise the welfare of our players. The players will now be getting full pay. Our monthly bill has now grown from around K12 million to K16 million, catering for 25 players we registered,” he said.

Stambuli said motivating the players was key to the team’s success.

“We, as a company, are fully aware of the need to motivate our players, especially now that we are playing away in Mzuzu,” said Stambuli ahead of the team’s crucial fixture against Moyale Barracks slated for Mzuzu Stadium on Saturday.

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He said Wanderers were banking on gate collections and other sources to give the players full pay.

Wanderers Captain Alfred Manyozo Jnr thanked the team’s management for the reverting to full salary.

“Players have been challenged. The ball is now in our court. We need to play for team and supporters in particular. It has been a tough road managing with half pay for over a year. We are now hoping for the better,” he said.

Nomads Team Manager Foster Namwera said the players were now motivated.

“We are a happy family after that horrible life financially. Let us see what happens next. The players duty now is to deliver by getting positive results on the pitch,” he said.

Wanderers have four points from three games, having lost to rivals Nyasa Big Bullets 1-2, beaten TN Stars 2-1 and drawn against Mighty Tigers 0-0.

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