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Gold Leaf to double Bullets sponsorship

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

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New Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC) partner, Gold Leaf, is expected to boost Nyasa Big Bullets’ coffers by injecting an additional K100 million annually.

NMC has partnered the South African firm after it reportedly bought majority shares in the company.

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There were fears that Bullets’ sponsorship was under threat but NMC Chairperson, Konrad Buckle, who doubles as Bullets President, said Gold Leaf would help Bullets to break even after operating at a loss since taking over the ownership.

“This partnership is good for the team as Gold Leaf will double our annual sponsorship. They will be pumping in an additional K100 million into the team and this would help the side to break even and later start posting profits,” said Buckle, who was accompanied by NMC Finance Director and Bullets Chief Executive Officer Fleetwood Haiya.

However, Haiya was quick to point out that the People’s Team’s salaries and game bonuses would, in the short-term, not change as the team is still operating at a loss.

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“We are still operating in debt and, by projections, we should be able to break even in a year or two. We would be posting profits. One thing, Bullets will not change names,” he said.

Meanwhile, Buckle also clarified that former coaches Rodgers Yasini and Elia Kananji were fired because the team’s performance did not reflect the commercialisation drive which Bullets have embarked on.

“We didn’t win the Airtel Top 8 and we also failed to defend the Carlsberg Cup. The coaches should not only be interested in whether they have been paid or not but [they should] show remorse when the side performes poorly. If we had won those cups, it meant having a lot of money in our coffers,” he said.

Buckle said they might unveil a coach today, adding he would be subjected to same targets as the previous coaches.

Zimbabwean Callisto Pasuwa has been linked with the Bullets’ job after attending interviews on Saturday before the team beat JKU Sports of Zanzibar 2-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in a friendly.

Reports suggest that Pasuwa has agreed personal terms with the club.

After firing Yasini and Kananji, Bullets indicated that they would hire a coach before their next competitive game.

Currently, Bullets strikers’ Coach Heston Munthali and Team Manager James Chilapondwa are in charge of the club with the help of senior players Fischer Kondowe and Sankhani Mkandawire.

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