The Masters Group of Companies brand could make a return to the country’s top flight football if reported talks with Ekwendeni Hammers bear fruits.
Masters Managing Director Alfred Gangata said he approached Hammers officials early this year in a bid to convince them to relinquish ownership.
“The initial talks failed to bear fruit but we have not given up. We approached them again last month and we are just hoping for the best. Our discussions were cut short early this year and we are just waiting to get back to the table.
“Our goal is to own a Super League team so that we continue to contribute towards the development of football in the country. We just want to continue being part and parcel of Malawi football,” Gangata said.
Hammers Patron Gift Mkandawire said he could not give details of the discussions with Masters as they were finalising a deal with their sponsor Agrizone International Trading (Azit).
The company committed to bankroll Hammers with K220 million for the next three years.
Mkandawire said Azit would ultimately decide on the viability of partnering other entities in sponsoring the club.
“Our priority is to ensure that the team continues to perform in the Super League. I am at Ekwendeni playing an advisory role. What I know for now is that Azit is our sponsor and we are working together in ensuring that the team competes with the best.
“It will be up to Azit to decide on partnering others. All we want is to make Ekwendeni Hammers a strong team capable of winning silverware,” he said.
The Masters brand disappeared from the local football scene in 2019 after its team, Masters Security, disbanded following its failure to survive TNM Super League relegation after two years of remarkable success.
The team won the Carlsberg Cup in the 2018 season after beating giants Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers in the semifinals and final, respectively.
In their debut season, Masters defied the odds to finish fourth in the 2018 Super League season.
The team also made history by participating in the Caf Confederation Cup in 2018 and 2019 but ended up being booted out in the preliminary round.
Masters also produced some of the country’s top players such as Babatunde Adepoju, Francis Mkonda, Eric Atsigah and Vincent Nyangulu.