Nomads suspend supporters’ cut
Sanity has finally prevailed at Be Forward Wanderers as the club’s stakeholders yesterday reached an agreement to suspend the 12 percent gate collections cut which was being remitted to the team’s Supporters Committee from every game.
The meeting was called for after the club’s failure to pay game bonuses on several occasions, resulting in players boycotting training.
The committee’s General Secretary, Herbert Mapira, said they were concerned that the team was in debts that needed urgent attention.
“We, indeed, sat down as one family to look at the financial challenges our team is facing. In the end, we agreed to suspend our claim from the gate collections after appreciating our club’s financial status,” Mapira said.
But he maintained that the supporters’ backing down does not necessarily mean that the cut was not justified.
“As a Supporters Committee, we need money to travel to our team’s match venues in advance so that we organise other necessities. But we have accepted the suspension so that we put our players’ welfare first,” Mapira said.
Wanderers Captain, Francis Mlimbika, hailed the fans for the gesture, saying it would help in their resolve to fight for the league title this season.
“We face numerous financial challenges that require the club’s attention. We believe that the move will help the club generate more money for our welfare as we focus on winning the league title. It is a welcome development,” Mlimbika said.
The Nomads’ Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, also commended the supporters for seeing sense in foregoing their cut.
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