Mighty Wanderers’ commercialisation taskforce is ready to continue with its initiative if concerns raised are addressed.
Talks involving the taskforce and Wanderers’ main executive and supporters committees broke down on Sunday following disagreements over factors including omission of the team’s trustees from the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Taskforce member Ernest Maganga, who served the club as team manager, said they were waiting for direction from Wanderers Chairperson Simon Sikwese.
“We have left the matter in the hands of Mr Sikwese and his team to decide on the next move,” Maganga said.
He said the taskforce started meeting months ago with the aim of helping the Nomads to remain afloat.
“We had noticed that Wanderers were on the verge of disbanding and we wanted to do something to rescue our beloved club.
“But events that unfolded on Sunday left us with no choice but to throw in the towel. It is unfortunate that, in this day and age, we still have people wanting to frustrate our efforts when we mean well for the team,” Maganga said.
The former Super League of Malawi executive member said it was pleasing to note that the team’s supporters committee was in total agreement with their efforts.
“There are just a few characters in the executive committee that are resistant. I saw this coming. There was a lot of politicking right from the start. I remember speaking against this during one of our meetings.
“I emphasised that it was time to stop politicking if the club were to survive. The team needs all of us to take it off the life support machine,” he said.
During the Sunday meeting, Wanderers Vice Chairperson Chris Kananji insisted that they were in agreement with the commercialisation process but wanted proper procedures to be followed.
“Our point is that what we are doing must have a legal backing in accordance with Wanderers’ organogram. The trustees have to be there,” Kananji said.
Wanderers are in financial turmoil after Japanese second-hand car dealers, Be Forward Limited, stopped supporting them on December 31 last year.
Following the development, Wanderers players went unpaid for two months before business magnate Thom Mpinganjira bailed them out with K20.2 million for salaries.