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Shades of blue at Wanderers

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By Ronald Mpaso:

Be Forward Wanderers supporters, who were unhappy with the team’s use of orange colours, can heave a sigh of relief as they will be seeing their stars in the traditional blue and white colours in some cup games.

The supporters had a pleasant surprise three weeks ago when Wanderers donned blue shorts and jerseys in their Carlsberg Cup round-of-16 match against Dwangwa United at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

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The Nomads’ General Secretary, Mike Butao, said the blue uniform, just like all of the team’s attire, came from their sponsors in Japan and will be used interchangeably with the orange colours.

Butao said the team’s use of orange does not necessarily mean that it has abandoned the traditional blue and white colours.

“We will be striking a balance between the sponsor’s orange and the club’s blue colours in cup matches. But we will continue to use white, orange and grey in league games,” Butao said.

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Former Wanderers defender George Sangala hailed the move, saying it would bring back the team’s pride.

“As a member of the Wanderers’ family, I commend the club for taking the bold step. We had lost our true identity.

Wanderers have always been blue and white. But the club should indeed find a way of balancing our interests with those of the sponsors. We missed our blue and white colours and it feels great to have them back,” he said.

While campaigning for the club’s supporters and executive committee positions before the season, some aspirants promised voters that they would bring back the blue and white colours once elected.

Wanderers changed to predominantly orange colours after signing a sponsorship agreement with Japanese second-hand car dealer, Be Forward Limited.

The change was meant with resistance by some stakeholders within the club, but then club chairperson, the late George Chamangwana, insisted that the team would continue using the colours for the sake of sponsorship.

This resulted in Nomads’ supporters enduring taunts from their bitter rivals Nyasa Big Bullets who have been on their case, saying their sold their team’s identity.

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