Mighty Be Forward Wanderers Chairperson Simon Sikwese has said the club will not be forced to change its traditional colours of blue and white as part of the team’s commercialisation drive.
Sikwese revealed this when the side launched its ‘Wanderers Yanga Wanderers Yathu’ SMS initiative at Wanderers Club House in Blantyre Sunday.
Sikwese challenged Wanderers supporters to embrace mindset change and support the team through the newly launched SMS promotion.
“We have taken a path of self-reliance. We don’t want to be pushed to change our traditional colours. We have launched this initiative following the direction which the supporters took. Through the money realised from this initiative, we will be able to run the team. As such we will not allow sponsors to dictate to us on colour change,” he said.
Sikwese promised transparency and accountability, warning other officials that money squanderers would be fired and face the law.
Through the initiative Wanderers supporters will be contributing K100 monthly to go towards the teams’ operations. Nomads officials project to raise K100 million monthly.
Ironically, Wanderers five seasons ago abandoned their traditional colours to suit the interest of their departing sponsor, Japanese firm Be Forward Limited. The second hand car dealers will officially stop bankrolling the side on December 31 this year.
Minister of Youth and Sports Ulemu Msungama, who was the guest of honour, called on the club to develop a proper database for the supporters and also issue identity cards to registered supporters.
“We urge officials to use the money prudently. As government, we will take a leading role in developing football in the country as we also have taken a big drive in enhancing the E-Ticketing system to maximise gate revenue,” he said.
During the event, Msungama also announced State President Lazarus Chakwera had donated K1 million to Wanderers towards the initiative whereas the minister donated K500,000.
Wanderers Supporters Chairperson Mervin Mkunika encouraged fellow supporters to join the initiative.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Executive Member Felister Dossi and Super League of Malawi President Tiya Somba Banda were among officials who graced the occasion.
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