The 2015 Carlsberg Cup holders, Be Forward Wanderers, have rejected a new jersey supplied by Nsejjere Sports and Casual Wear last Wednesday.
Wanderers claim that the American company was supposed to supply four pairs of uniforms as per contract agreement.
The Lali Lubani boys were expected to wear their official jersey on Sunday when they met Fisd Wizards at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, but the Nomads put on their old colours of blue and white, instead of black and gold colour.
Wanderers general secretary, Mike Butao, on Saturday said the uniform was not supposed to come from Nsejjere directly, but through TNM who are the league’s sponsors.
Butao said Nsejjere also owes them a pair of uniform, according to the contract they signed alongside Big Bullets, Silver Strikers and Civo United. The Nomads counterparts already received the uniforms.
“It is very unfortunate that our uniform is coming at a time when we are finishing the league. We told TNM, through Sulom, that we are changing our colours in the 2015 season to be in line with our sponsors, but nothing was done up to the end of first round. We were forced to buy our own kit, which we are using,” he explained.
“Let me clarify why we have refused the uniform. Nsejjere is supposed to give us a uniform without labelling TNM so that we can use it in cup games, but they didn’t. Receiving the TNM jersey directly from Nsejjere, means that they are giving us the uniform that we were supposed to be given by them before.”
The Nomads GS also said Nsejjere breached the contract by failing to supply the uniform on time.
However, Nsejjere representative, Peter Mgangira, acknowledged the issue, saying it is true that Wanderers have sent back the kit, but he was quick to say that he is not aware of the contract that both parties signed.
Mgangira said he was instructed by his bosses that only Silver and Bullets are the beneficiaries of the Nsejjere uniform.
“We phoned Wanderers officials to come and get their new uniform, but they refused. I can’t comment much on this because I was just instructed by my bosses from America. I understand that the then representative Jacob Chikoya was handling the issue. We are still discussing on the matter.” Mgangira said.
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