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Mukuru, Wanderers seal K175 million deal

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Richard Chimwendo Banda

After sailing in troubled waters for the past two seasons, Mighty Wanderers officially began their new era Wednesday after penning a year-long K175 million sponsorship agreement with financial services provider, Mukuru.

The two parties signed the deal at Football Association of Malawi (Fam)’s Mpira House in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre, during a colourful ceremony that attracted top football administrators from different clubs.

The message which was crystal clear during the event was that Wanderers should put its house in order to coax Mukuru to extend the sponsorship agreement.

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Mighty Mukuru Wanderers have asked the government to assist in paying the K59 million which the team owes Confederation of African Football (Caf).

Wanderers Commercialisation Chairperson Clement Stambuli made the call during the launch of the club’s K175 million deal with financial services provider Mukuru at Football Association of Malawi (Fam)’s Mpira House in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre, Wednesday.

“We would further like to ask the government to pay off the K59 million Caf debt plus interest that was contracted at the behest of the previous government after the leadership then promised to meet the cost of participation,” Stambuli said.

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Youth and Sports Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda confirmed being approached by Wanderers on the issue.

“It is an issue which we need to discuss. At the moment, I cannot say whether we will be able to pay off the debt on their behalf,” Chimwendo Banda said.

The then Wanderers executive committee got a gentleman’s assurance from the previous regime to join the continental contest in the 2017- 2018 season.

However, the Nomads did not get the expected support and this forced officials to turn to loan sharks to finance the campaign.

Wanderers were knocked out of the competition in the preliminary round by Democratic Republic of Congo side AS Vita.

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