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Symon Sikwese approached for Wanderers’ chairperson post

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Be Forward Wanderers’continue to search for a replacement of Chairperson Gift Mkandawire. Some of the team’s officials approached businessman Symon Sikwese to take over the reigns under certain conditions.

Wanderers go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new executive committee to run the team after the current office bearers’ two-year tenure ended late last year.

Towards the end of last season, Mkandawire announced that he would not vie for another term of office, saying he needed a break after serving the team on more than three occasions.

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The Chairperson has maintained his stand despite supporters sending delegations to plead with him to carry on.

The fans’ efforts to coax renowned banker Vizenge Kumwenda and their former midfield star Phillip Madinga hit a blank wall as the two shrugged them off. This left the Nomads with no one interested in succeeding Mkandawire.

But the Lali Lubani Road side can now heave a sigh of relief as a delegation comprising Team Manager Victor Maunde, Second Vice Chairperson Hubert Mfune and Administration Manager Steven Palemeza has convinced Sikwese to take up the mantle.

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The three met him on Tuesday evening to avert the danger of going to the elections without any aspirant for the top seat.

“All he wants is an assurance that the team will work within its budget and bring an end to football politics among stakeholders. He has made it clear that he does not want to see other office bearers using supporters to intimidate personalities with different opinions on issues at the club.

“So I can assure you that he will contest. He wants us to change the way we do things. He surely has a great vision for the club and is quite intelligent,” Palemeza said.

Sikwese was not available for comment as his mobile went unanswered on several attempts.

Sikwese Wednesday said he was indeed approached but was undecided.

“We are talking but I have not made a decision yet. There are other things that we need to sort out at the moment. II was supposed to meet the team today but I had been busy.But I have not made a decision yet. By tomorrow, everything will be clear,” he said

However, reports indicate that he has collected nomination forms alongside other aspirants but is yet to return them.

Mfune is set to defend his post as Second Vice Chairperson while Maunde is vying for the position of general secretary.

Wanderers finished the 2019 season empty handed despite assembling one of the country’s best squads.

Throughout the season, the Nomads struggled with debts despite enjoying sponsorship from Japanese reconditioned motor vehicle dealer, Be Forward.

A good portion of the debt came out of the team’s participation in the 2017 Caf Champions League in which it faced Democratic Republic of Congo’s AS Vita Club.

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