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No Nyasa bus for Big Bullets

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HAIYA—The decision was unanimous

TNM Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets will not be getting a bus from Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC) as was agreed during the club’s takeover in 2017.

The team will instead continue to use the bus that former president Peter Mutharika donated last year during campaign for the fresh presidential election.

Both Bullets Council General Secretary Jim Kalua and NMC Chief Executive Officer Fleetwood Haiya, who is the club’s vice president, confirmed the development Wednesday.

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Haiya said the decision was made during a council meeting held in Blantyre recently.

“Present during the meeting were representatives of the sponsor and all council members. This was my first meeting as the club’s vice president and it was very fruitful. During the meeting, we discussed a number of issues which are beneficial to the club.

“We agreed that NMC should no longer buy the bus having used the K90 million meant for the purchase of the bus to subsidise players’ salaries during the current Covid pandemic. The decision was unanimous,” he said.

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He said the meeting also agreed to start working on plans to purchase land for construction of a training ground.

Haiya said they need the training ground because they are not sure as to when government’s construction of their stadium would be completed.

Kalua said they reminded NMC about completing all outstanding projects.

“We signed a Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] on projects such as construction of club houses and a stadium. We represent supporters and act as a bridge between the sponsor and the team. All we want is to ensure that everything which was agreed in the MoU is fulfilled.

“However, we appreciate the fact that the Covid challenges have had adverse effects on business and the sponsor might not fulfill everything within the agreed time. All of us must understand this. The purchase of the bus is no longer an issue since we already have one which was donated by the former head of State,” he said.

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