Be Forward Wanderers are considering using the bus that former president Peter Mutharika donated last week for commercial activities.
Mutharika donated the bus during the launching ceremony of stadiums that the government pledged to construct for Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets in Blantyre.
The Nomads’ General Secretary, Victor Maunde, said they had realised that using the bus for transporting players would be a waste of resources.
Maunde said they are eyeing the Malawi-South Africa route which they believe would be profitable.
“We want the bus to venture on this route twice a week and we expect about K20 million in monthly profits after all the expenses. This will help us in supplementing the monthly allocation which we get from our sponsors Be Forward. We hope this will be good for our club, though we are yet to make the final decision,” he said.
Maunde said they are also exploring possibilities of deploying the bus on local routes such as Blantyre-Karonga.
Former Wanderers chairman Humphrey Mvula, who once headed Shire Buslines Company, described the move as viable.
“This is progressive thinking on the part of Wanderers. Embarking on such an initiative will help them sustain their operations. The club already has a bus which the team uses, so there is nothing wrong in deploying the new bus on commercial routes.
“I totally support this idea but operating the bus on the Malawi-South Africa route may not be a good move as expenses and running costs might be very high. The Blantyre-Karonga or Blantyre-Mzuzu route could be more profitable than the international route,” Mvula said.
He said the Nomads should also consider getting a bank loan to help them buy another bus for commercial operations.
Wanderers Supporters Committee Chairperson, Melvyn Nkunika, also backed the idea.
“We need to make money through whatever means. We therefore welcome this proposal. I am in support of deploying the bus on a local route. This will help us make more money. Operating on a local route is also cost-effective because maintenance expenses would be lower,” Nkunika said.
The Lali Lubani Road side owes debtors over K79 million and were hoping that Mutharika would bail them out.
However, the retired leader asked the club to submit a breakdown of the debt and how it was incurred.
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