By Bernard Mhone:
The South African company which is interested in buying TNM Super League side Mzuni FC has called for patience as steps are being taken to finalise the deal.
Gokgotshe Projects, in partnership with Touchline Sports Management Agency, expressed interest in purchasing Mzuni in March this year.
The company’s Malawi agent, Prince Jere, said processes to finalise the deal were at an advanced stage; hence, the need for Mzuni to be patient.
Jere said there were procedures that have to be followed before the transaction is completed.
“This is a deal that requires all procedures to be followed, so no need to rush. We want Mzuni to be like Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs or Mamelodi Sundowns. I am in Malawi myself and have visited Mzuni on several occasions to appreciate their struggles.Advertisement
“It is unfortunate that Mzuni officials are failing to understand us. We have already started supporting the team by paying for its accommodation, transportation and food.
The officials should learn to appreciate our efforts.
Running a team is not easy,” he said.
Jere was reacting to sentiments by Mzuni Chairperson Albert Mtungambera Harawa, who accused the company of giving empty promises.
Harawa said Gokgotshe failed to honour its promise to foot transport, accommodation and food expenses for Mzuni’s Airtel Top Eight Cup second leg match against Civil Sporting Club in Lilongwe about three weeks ago.
“We were hopeful that this was a company worth dealing with but we are disappointed. We might as well say the deal has collapsed. When we were going to Blantyre for our Super League match against [Be Forward] Wanderers, we had all the hopes that it would take care of the expenses but it was elusive. The agent came to us only to make empty promises.
“We have now stopped discussing the deal. We are just wasting time. We do not think this company exists. If there was anything serious here, the transaction would have been completed by now. It is unfortunate that companies are taking advantage of our financial struggles,” he said.
Harawa said, since the company expressed interest in purchasing Mzuni, there had been one meeting between concerned parties to discuss the deal.
“In our discussions, they promised to roll out with financial support but there is nothing on the ground. We were even asked to submit jersey and boot sizes for our players but we believe this was just sweet talk,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mzuni is yet to pay players’ game bonuses since commencement of the 2019 season as the team is being sponsored by club officials.
The Airtel Top 8 semifinalists are on position 15 with five points from five games in the TNM Super League.