Mighty Mukuru Wanderers President Thom Mpinganjira has asked for the Airtel Top 8 Cup as his reward for investing in the team.
Mpinganjira made the call at the team’s clubhouse Wednesday ahead of a crunching final tie against defending champions and bitter rivals Nyasa Big Bullets at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.
The influential business magnate advised the players to cut social engagements with fans and directors ahead of the showdown.
“Running football is expensive. Despite the sponsorship from Mukuru, I am still supporting the team. You can only pay back by winning the cup. If you make me smile on Saturday, I will make you smile too. We have a terrific squad and we are yet to concede a goal in the cup.
“Therefore, what can stop us from winning the cup? I advise you to stop doubting and start believing in yourself. As players, I want you to cut any communication with the fans and directors, including myself. It is time for you to concentrate on the task at hand. Also refrain from bad habits such as running away from camp and beer drinking,” he said.
Mpinganjira asked the team’s supporters to behave so that he should not withdraw his support.
“Mukuru is a huge brand. They don’t want to be associated with negative publicity. We are spending a lot of money on paying fines and yet all those punishments could have been avoided and the money spent on players,” he said.
Wanderers Coach Mark Harrison said the match is an opportunity for players to make history.
“You should not engage with anyone, including the supporters and directors. We can only effect what we control. We control our environment here. I trust you all. Whoever starts the game on Saturday and whoever finishes, I trust you all.
Whoever starts the game on Saturday and whoever finishes, I trust you all,” Harrison said.
Wanderers captain Alfred Manyozo Junior said time was ripe to repay Mpinganjira and Mukuru.
“I should not talk now. Let’s speak after the match on Saturday,” he said.