Wanderers fans questions club house ownership

Victor Maunde

Be Forward Wanderers supporters have asked their committee to enquire into the ownership of the team’s clubhouse in Blantyre.

Wanderers are one of the few clubs in the country with a clubhouse from where they operate.

Among other things, the facility has a bar which is aimed at helping the club generate extra income.


Wanderers supporters committee General Secretary, Samuel Mponda, said a group of disgruntled supporters recently invaded his business place in Limbe and asked about the status of ownership of the clubhouse.

“The group was led by Felix Njaya and it is pushing us to go and engage our board of Trustees on the ownership of the clubhouse. The supporters threatened that if we fail to provide a satisfactory response, they would act to take back the clubhouse which has been in different hands for many years. But I assured them that the handover process was already underway. We just need a few days to finalise the matter,” Mponda said.

Trustees Chairperson Rashid Gaffar said he had instructed the Symon Sikwese-led executive committee to contact management of the clubhouse for handovers.


However, The Daily Times has established that the club’s five-man sub-committee headed by Dan Mkumba had engaged two of the clubhouse’s directors on two occasions but their efforts were in vain.

“We failed in our bid to take back the clubhouse through a proper handover on May 1. Another attempt on May 3 also hit a blank wall as the clubhouse’s management turned us down,” Mkumba said.

Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde, said his committee is now in a fix over the matter.

“We have been given a seven-day ultimatum by some of our supporters to finalise the handover process of the club house but I hear the officers who were entrusted with facilitating the process are facing some challenges,” Maunde said.

Asked to explain why the clubhouse was not directly in their hands, Maunde asked to call later after consulting.

The Nomads are finding life difficult after sponsor Be Forward announced a 50 per cent cut of sponsorship from this month due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This means players’ salaries will also be halved as the country’s sports sector continues to feel the effects of the global epidemic which originated from Wuhan in China.

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