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Wanderers demand K30 million from Salima Sugar

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Humphreys Mvula

What used to be a rosy affair between Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and Salima Sugar Company is promising to end on a bad note, with the Nomads demanding K30 million from contract between the two parties.

About two weeks ago, Salima announced withdrawal of support to Wanderers, describing it as a business decision.

In the course of the week, the company announced that it would start sponsoring TNM Super League newcomers Dedza Dynamos.

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The Nomads’ board secretary Humphrey Mvula said Salima failed to honour payment of K30 million.

“We were supposed to be receiving K5 million every month. We are therefore demanding that the company should find ways of paying us as agreed in the contract we signed with them.

“Salima Sugar is free to sponsor any team of its choice but what bothers us most is the callous manner of dumping us. The company owes us money for the period between January and March from the previous contract and April to June for the new contract,” Mvula said.

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He said they renewed the contract with Salima in Lilongwe in January, hence their demand of outstanding dues.

“I was at the signing ceremony myself alongside fellow directors Clement Stambuli and Mervis Mangulenje. So the company should find an amicable way of sorting out this matter,” Mvula said.

He described the company’s decision to start bankrolling Dynamos as being disrespectful to a big team like Wanderers.

“It would have made sense if the company had dumped us for a team like Nyasa Big Bullets. What Salima has done will affect its business because we are a big fish with a support base of over five million across the country. You do not dump such a big football constituency just like that. Do you?” Mvula asked.

However, Salima Company Secretary Charles Thupi expressed ignorance over the matter when asked to comment yesterday morning.

“Let me check when I get to the office. I am now travelling from Dedza to Lilongwe. I will get back to you later,” Thupi said.

Salima Sugar were conspicuously absent from Wanderers’ sponsorship signing ceremony with financial services provider Mukuru at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre.

Thupi claimed that the company had received the invitation late, hence the failure to travel.

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