Mighty Wanderers have been hit with a new blow following divisions in the team’s board, Times Sport can reveal.
Two factions are fighting for power and have proposed different dates to hold the team’s board meeting.
Sources said following Monday’s meeting, which five heads of departments held, the first faction has opted to hold the meeting on Saturday whereas the other camp has proposed that they be given a 21-day notice.
This was summed up Wednesday when another camp, led by Legal Affairs Director Chancy Gondwe, issued a statement calling for an Extraordinary Board Meeting of the Company to be held on Saturday at Lotus Hotel Boardroom in Namiwawa, Blantyre.
According to the statement, agenda items include adoption of the agenda, confirmation of minutes of the first meeting of 2021 of the board and matters arising from minutes of the first Board Meeting.
Gondwe refused to comment on the development but an inside source said Saturdays board meeting has been called to address challenges the club is facing.
“Some of the critical issues include players’ contracts as a lot of them can go for free, just like Rafiq Namwera left the side. We also need to discuss preparations for the new season which include the club licencing issue before kickoff. We are proceeding with the board meeting on Saturday,” said the source.
The source said they were also challenging the appointment of Clement Stambuli as spokesperson for the president’s committee.
“There is a clear indication that Mr Stambuli is being used by an inside influential figure within the board as he is the guy in the fore refusing the proposed Saturday board meeting,” the source said.
Stambuli downplayed the accusations and divisions saying everything was under control.
“We are handling all of that,” Stambuli said in brief.
Wanderers have been sailing in troubled waters since BeForward Limited stopped sponsoring the side on December 31 2020.
Businessman Thom Mpinganjira, who resigned as the club’s president, and Salima Sugar were last season supporting the team.
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