By Mphatso Malidadi & Williams Gondwa:
Be Forward Wanderers have been thrown into fresh turmoil after Steve Madeira resigned as Team Manager over what he termed “in-house” politics.
Madeira, who has followed former vice-general secretary Chulu Mkangama, who quit recently, Tuesday confirmed the development and demanded K7 million which he claimed to have lent the team.
“After careful consideration, friends and family, I write to notify you that I am stepping down from Be Forward Wanderers Football Club with immediate effect. The accusations of me being a confusionist and political issues surrounding this huge club are the primary reasons for my stepping down,” Madeira’s statement he issued Tuesday reads.
“The club owes me money close to K7,000,000) [which] I used in paying some of the clubs expenses such as daily training allowances, game bonuses to players, technical officials and other daily runnings of the team. The treasurer has a reconciled copy of these expenses. Let me take this opportunity and ask the team to pay me back within the next 72 hours. The club has my bank account details.”
In an interview yesterday, Madeira said the amount excludes outstanding game bonuses and allowances.
“That can be done later but my immediate concern is the money which I was paying [the] players from my pocket. As a family man, I have two children and a wife who need me. I have been insulted quite a lot. I could have loved to leave the team when it was at the top but I have to leave now,” he said.
Madeira thanked Wanderers players, officials and fans for their support.
Meanwhile, Civil Sporting Club assistant Coach, Oscar Kaunda, has also resigned to take over a similar post at Wanderers.
“It is true that I have resigned because it is time to face a new challenge. I thank the players, supporters and Executive Committee for their support,” he said.
Sources indicate that Wanderers might reinstate suspended Coach Bob Mpinganjira whereas Kaunda will be his vice.
Wanderers Chairperson Gift Mkandawire and General Secretary Mike Butao could not be reached for a comment.
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