Mighty Wanderers smiled all the way to the bank on Saturday after business mogul Thomson Mpinganjira fulfilled his promise of contributing 50 percent of their salaries for a period of four months.
The former FDH Bank chairperson, in his personal capacity, pledged to clear the salary arrears, through the players’ personal accounts, after he was concerned with the plight of the players following withdrawal of sponsorship by Japanese car dealers Be Forward Limited in December last year.
Both Wanderers General Gecretary Victor Maunde and Captain Alfred Manyozo confirmed the development Sunday.
“We are thankful to him for showing good gesture. The players and technical got their money through personal bank accounts. It is a timely relief for us and we cannot ask for more from him,” Maunde said.
Mpinganjira, who is also a long time fan of Wanderers, recently appealed to the corporate world to save the team from the jaws of disbanding due to financial crisis.
On his part, Manyozo, while hailing Mpinganjira, appealed to teammates to improve their performance when the league resumes.
“It was a very difficult period for us going four months without salaries. The players were deeply affected. The assistance has boosted the players’ morale and we promise to bounce back with a bang,” Manyozo said.
The Nomads started the season on a low, having only claimed a single win in seven matches and suffered surprise home defeats to Mafco (1-0 ) and Karonga United (2-0).
Currently, the Nomads are on position 12 in the TNM Super League with seven points from seven matches, 12 points behind leaders Silver Strikers. The club is running an initiative aimed at supporting the players through zones.
Nomads’ main Supporters Committee Chairperson Mervin Mkunika said the financial support from Mpinganjira has motivated them to continue assisting the players.
“We will continue with our initiative of raising funds for the players so that we keep on motivating the players until we get a sponsor,” he added.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.