By Bernard Mhone:
Financially struggling TNM Super League side, Mzuzu Warriors anticipate a tough ride in the 2020 season due to lack of sponsorship.
Last season, Warriors, formerly known as Mzuni FC, relied on well-wishers for support after cutting ties with Mzuzu University.
Warriors Chairperson, Moses Mkandawire said the team will experience the same financial challenges it faced last season because potential sponsors were not forthcoming due to Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are expecting another tough season because of the coronavirus which has affected the whole world. We have been trying to secure sponsorship and it was promising. However, we have been left in suspense due to the pandemic,” he said.
Mkandawire pleaded with Warriors players to serve the club dedicatedly to woo potential sponsors.
“Our players should have the zeal and will of playing football this season and by 2021 soccer season, we will have stable sponsorship,” he said.
Nevertheless, the former Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Vice President said the current break has given Warriors chance to re-engage some of the potential sponsors.
Most of the teams in the Super League are struggling to maintain their squads as they hugely depend on gate collections.
This has forced Fam and Super League of Malawi to give back the K1 million surety upon request.
The 2020 Super League season was expected to start on March 21 but was suspended due to Covid-19 outbreak after the State President Peter Mutharika declared Malawi as a state of national disaster.
By then Malawi had not yet registered a Covid-19 case which has now risen to four.