Phillip Madinga snubs Wanderers

Vizenge Kumwenda under consideration


Former Be Forward Wanderers midfielder, Phillip Madinga, has rejected a proposal from a section of the teams’ fans for him to consider vying for the post of chairperson during polls set for February 9.

The prominent banker said his busy schedule meant that he cannot serve Wanderers efficiently.

“Much as I would have loved to assist, but I can’t manage as my plate is too full. I am too busy to be involved with the teams’ operations. I have a lot of responsibilities so it will be difficult on my part to serve professionally,” he said.


Nevertheless, Madinga said he would be available to offer advice to Wanderers if approached.

“I am more than willing to offer insights to the club on how to improve general operations,” he said.

Asked if he was uncomfortable with current set up of football supporters who demand money from officials, Madinga said his decision had nothing to do with it.


“It is not only the supporters that need to change but the whole football set up including administrators,” he said.

Meanwhile, Wanderers are also pursuing the team’s former treasurer, Vizenge Kumwenda, who is the managing director of Nico Holdings Limited.

Kumwenda could not be reached on his mobile yesterday.

However, Wanderers supporters chairman, Mervin Nkunika, said they were mobilising a special committee to convince top-notch officials to consider contesting at the forthcoming elections.

“We want to send a delegation of reputable people that should convince the likes of Madinga and others. In the past, such people turned down our request because the people we sent lacked manners. What do you expect to get when you pester the official with demands for money soon after a meeting?” He asked.

Nkunika said Wanderers can easily reduce its debt and wage bill with sound management skills.

“We feel Wanderers need proper leadership. This is why we are considering highly educated people who have Wanderers roots. It’s pathetic that the team is in huge debt. So we need officials who can help us solve our crisis.

“It is bad that we are sailing in financial woes when we already have good sponsorship so we need leadership to look into our expenditure. We shouldn’t be spending unnecessarily,” he said.

Wanderers supporters will elect new office bearers on Saturday before the elections of the main executive a week later.

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