There are inconsistencies in the distribution of the K20.2 million that business mogul Thom Mpinganjira donated to Mighty Wanderers for players’ and technical panel members’ salaries, with three players being underpaid and four being left out completely.
Wanderers are struggling financially after Japanese second-hand car dealer Be Forward Limited decided against renewing a sponsorship deal late last year.
The situation resulted in the Nomads failing to pay their players from December until Mpinganjira came to their rescue about two weeks ago.
The renowned businessman offered to settle the payments up to next month.
However, it has transpired that new signings Vitumbiko Kumwenda, Mike Tetteh, Yunus Sheriff and Emmanuel Kanthiti have not received anything so far despite being part of the team since the current season kicked off.
The newcomers are not the only ones to have suffered the misfortune as long-serving Stanley Sanudi, Ted Sumani and Isaac Kaliati are yet to receive full payment.
Wanderers General Secretary Victor Maunde refused to comment on the matter when contacted.
Last week, Maunde made indications that all players and technical panel members had received their three months wages following Mpinganjira’s fulfillment of his promise.
However, Team Manager Foster Namwera, who is in charge of players’ welfare at the Lali Lubani Road side, confirmed that some players have not yet been paid while others were under-paid.
“I am not the one who prepared the payments. There are officials who sorted that out. What happened is that they used the old salary sheet which is different from the current one. This sheet does not have names of some of our players.
“The affected players are complaining to me about not getting anything or being underpaid. I for one cannot provide the answers. But this is sad because you realise that your teammates have been paid and you have been overlooked, you begin to ask many questions.
“The players know that their colleagues were paid in full and they are growing impatient. I never played any part in this and it is sad that my bosses are not giving me any tangible answers,” Namwera said.
Reports indicate that Wanderers Chairperson Simon Sikwese and Treasurer Dan Nkumba prepared and sent names to FDH Bank.
Asked for his response on the matter through a WhatsApp message, Sikwese wrote back: “I will call back. I am in a meeting.”
However, Wanderers Administrator Steve Palemeza confirmed the development.
“It is unfortunate that things have turned out this way. I was not part and parcel of this transaction. Our treasurer and chairman are on top of all this and they will tell you a better story,” Palemeza said.
Kumwenda confirmed missing out on the payment.
“We were told about an anomaly somewhere and that officials were working on it so that we get the money. So we are just waiting,” he said.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.