Divisions in Mighty Wanderers camp took another twist, with players joining the fight by calling for the resignation of five board members.
In a letter dated March 1 2022, the players have asked directors Adellaide Migogo, Chancy Gondwe, Limbani Magomero, Ernest Maganga and Samuel Mponda to resign for allegedly bringing confusion in the team.
“It must be appreciated that, as directors, you have other means of income thereby able to survive without depending on Wanderers. On the contrary, as players, our survival is football and our team is Wanderers which means that your behaviour affects us as players and our families economically, socially and morally,” reads part of the letter which 24 players signed including captain Alfred Manyozo Jnr, Stanley Sanudi, Richard Chipuwa, Yamikani Chester, Francis Mlimbika, Vincent Nyangulu and Francis Mkonda.
“With the foregoing, we, the undersigned players of Wanderers Football Club, call upon the following directors to step down forthwith.”
The players also accused the five of masterminding negative publicity towards the team.
However, Maganga, who is also Wanderers acting Public Affairs Manager, dismissed the players’ claims, saying it was an unfortunate move.
“It is very unfortunate that other superiors in the team have decided to sink so low as to use players as a solution to the misunderstandings. The best way forward would have been a board meeting and not these cheap football politics,” Maganga said.
Another board member Ulemu Chilapondwa, who is also a Member of Parliament for Ntchisi South, shared the sentiments, saying a board meeting was the only solution to the team’s woes.
“There is no single director who is against Dr Thom Mpinganjira taking over the company. We are all supporters and we all want to see the team doing well. Once the legal process is done, Mpinganjira will be at liberty to appoint a new board to run the affairs of the team. However, it must be done through a normal process, which is a board meeting,” he said.
Earlier on, the five board members released a statement blaming the team’s secretary to the board Humphreys Mvula for being a “cancer that is killing the team”.
“He has been misinforming people out there, mainly supporters, that some members of the board do not want Dr Mpinganjira, yet he knows very well that we all love Dr. Mpinganjira. He has been making unilateral decisions committing the company to potential sponsors without being sanctioned by the specific committees of the board. He has been managing the team without the blessings of the Football Development and Management Committee,” the letter reads in.
Wanderers have been without a sponsor after parting ways with Japanese car dealers Be Forward Limited in December 2020.
Last year, Wanderers secured a partial sponsorship from Salima Sugar Limited for a period of nine months.
On the other hand, business mogul Thom Mpinganjira, who was assisting the club, resigned as president over bickering and poor performance of the team.
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