Desperate times call for desperate action. This is the situation at Mighty Be Forward Wanderers, where the executive committee is planning to sell the club’s state-of-the-art bus to ease financial woes.
Currently, Wanderers owe players K12 million in salaries among others.
Wanderers Chairperson Simon Sikwese said selling the bus was the best option for their survival this season but the team’s executive would determine on his proposal.
“The issue is being debated. We will discuss this issue at length because we feel it makes sense to sell the bus so that we should conclude our assignments this season. Money realised from the sale will help us settle players’ upkeep allowances, pay training and game bonuses,” he said.
Sikwese also feared that it would be difficult for the club to fix the bus once it develops a big fault; therefore, it was important to buy a coaster for transportation.
“The plan is to have a smaller bus than the big one. We can’t even afford to maintain it. This is the right time for the bus to be sold while it is in good condition,” he said.
The Lali Lubani Road outfit are in financial woes after Japanese firm, Be Forward Limited, withdrew sponsorship on December 31 last year, ending a five-year relationship.
Meanwhile, former Football Association of Malawi (Fam) acting general secretary George Kaudza Masina has backed the idea.
“Selling the bus is a good idea. In the first place, Wanderers do not need such a big bus as it is more of a burden than a blessing to the club. With their financial crisis, it will be a burden to run the bus as they will not be able to maintain it, thus selling it sounds a better option.
“People or organisations will always sell assets if they are in financial difficulties and Wanderers won’t be seen to be the odd ones out. Why should a club suffer amidst plenty of other properties when they can be turned into cash? Let no one make noise from this intelligent decision unless they come to the rescue of the poverty-stricken club. Otherwise let the bus go as of yesterday,” he said.
Wanderers and their arch rivals Nyasa Big Bullets got a bus each from former Head of State Arthur Peter Mutharika on June 22 last year.
Reports indicate that Mutharika purchased the buses at K300 million.