The much-talked about 26-seater bus that Be Forward Wanderers won in Bus Ipite Bonanza on January 2, is back on the road.
The Nomads won the bus after convincingly beating bitter rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets, 5-1 over two legs. The bus broke down at Manjawira in Ntcheu District as it was being driven to Blantyre.
Wanderers officials had reported a clutch plate problem as the cause of the breakdown.
The bus was towed to Nissan Malawi in Blantyre for repairs.
Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, said the bus was now back on the road after undergoing successful repairs.
“It is sad that people have chosen to blow the issue out of proportion. It is normal for any vehicle to break down. And for manual vehicles, clutch plates are replaced from time-to-time unlike automatic ones. But I can assure you that the bus is now back in use and it is serving the team,” Butao explained.
He said the club will soon engage Luso TV and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) officials for registration and change of ownership of the bus.
Butao stated that the club was also looking forward to the official handover ceremony of the bus.
“The bus is a great addition to our assets. It will serve us for many years to come. Contrary to what people have been saying, the bus is a perfect machine,” Butao claimed.
Fam Commercial Director, Limbani Matola, also confirmed that the bus was repaired at Nissan Malawi and what remained was for Luso TV to pay for the repairs.
He said the official handover will be made after the payment.
“As it is now, Wanderers have not yet assumed legal ownership of the bus. But we are working towards ensuring that all processes are completed for the good of Wanderers,” Matola said.
Fam ordered Luso TV to bear the cost of the repairs of the bus
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