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Wanderers hunt for potential sponsors

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George Kaudza Masina

Be Forward Wanderers are working around the clock to secure new sponsors after Japanese second hand car dealers Be Forward Limited announced that they will withdraw support at the end of the year.

Wanderers Chairperson Simon Sikwese said they had approached three local companies to replace Be Forward.

Sikwese said it was important for the club to engage an extra gear if it is to keep going.

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“We are doing our best to secure a new sponsorship deal while also preparing for life without sponsors. We have written proposals to three companies whose identities we can not disclose at the moment.

“We are just waiting for their responses. Meanwhile, we have set up a committee consisting of supporters and some executive committee members to focus on fundraising activities. One of such activities is the monthly contribution of K100 by every supporter,” he said.

Sikwese said they hope to raise about K100 million from the initiative.

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“We want the supporters to have a sense of ownership of the team. Wanderers is a big brand and the team can survive without sponsors,” Sikwese added.

Be Forward announced the sponsorship withdrawal following the loss of business due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Japanese company was pumping in around K150 million per year.

Local football analyst, George Kaudza-Masina, said raising K100 million through monthly contributions was a daunting task.

“It is an issue of accountability and transparency, so the club should exercise caution. Some fans have lost confidence in the football administrators and it would be difficult for them to pump in resources. The best way for Wanderers is to find a sponsor,” Kaudza- Masina added.

For the first time in five seasons, the Nomads finished the season empty handed despite boasting of one of the best squads in domestic football.

They finished as runners-up in the TNM Super League, one point behind arch-rivals Nyasa Big Bullets.

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