In a quest to turn commercial, Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has dissolved Silver Strikers Football Club main executive committee.
This follows a meeting held in Lilongwe on Wednesday.
The move will see the central bank-sponsored side establishing a fully-fledged secretariat including recruiting a chief executive officer, an accountant, a coach and an administrative officer.
Reports also indicate that the team’s board of directors have identified a Zambian coach to take charge of the team as the commercialisation process is underway.
The team’s board chairperson, Victor Madhlopa, confirmed to have dissolved the executive committee and interviewed local and foreign coaches.
“Yes, it true that RBM dissolved executive committee for the club last week as we prepare to go commercial. We did interviews for the post of head coach a couple of weeks ago. We interviewed coaches from Tanzania, Zambia, Turkey and also some from here [Malawi]. We will shortly announce who our coach is,” he said while declining to confirm if the side had settled for a Zambian coach.
Meanwhile, a member of dissolved committee, Innocent Kadam’manja, who was a general secretary, confirmed to have been removed from the club following the commercialisation path the team was undertaking
“Yes, I can confirm to have been communicated that we have ceased to render our services to club following the dissolution made by the Reserve Bank of Malawi. As a sportsman, I will shortly announce my next course of action. I remain a soccer fanatic,” he said.
Meanwhile, former Football Association of Malawi (Fam) acting general secretary, George Kaudza Masina, has hailed RBM for taking commercialisation drive seriously.
“This is the way to go. Silver Strikers has shown maturity and the team will grow not only financially but trophy-wise. Look at Nyasa Big Bullets, now they are a club of respect unlike before when they used to beg. They have demonstrated that they are growing and improving each passing day,” Kaudza Masina said.
Fam has embarked on club licensing projects which among other things call for proper structures including setting up fully-fledged secretariat.