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Wanderers under pressure on 2 fronts

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TNM Super League leaders Be Forward Wanderers are facing pressure on both fronts in their quest to remain in title contention as they need to service debts and maintain their lead.

Wanderers owe players game bonuses for nine games amounting to over K3.5 million, sources said.

The leaders have had their lead cut to two points over the weekend after drawing one-all with Silver Strikers thereby allowing defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets to close in on the gap.

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Wanderers Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, confirmed that they owe players their game bonuses for some games.

“Every team has debts the only difference is how you service them. We have made huge strides by servicing the debt. Yes, we owe the players but our major worry is that we can easily get back into trouble if we do not sort out the players as soon as possible,” he said.

Mkandawire asked the players to endure and perform if the club was to settle their debt and remain title contenders.

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“It will be wrong to combine the two that the lead has been cut due to the fact that we owe the players game bonuses. The thing is that if the players keep on working hard and getting good results our supporters will be flocking to matches thereby increasing our revenue to enable us service the debts,” he said.

Mkandawire appealed to Wanderers faithful to support the team’s promotion to ensure that the club is debt-free.

“We are running promotions to generate extra income so our supporters should patronise them to help us raise extra funds because what we get from the sponsors is not enough to service the debt. We hope that well-wishers would also come to our rescue,” he said.

Former Flames team manager and defender, Clement Kafwafwa, said Wanderers players must develop mental strength to remain title contenders amid financial woes.

“This where they can ruin their title aspirations if they are not careful. The executive committee must explain the situation to the players and take steps to address the issue by settling the debt. The players must understand the issue to get good results,” he said.

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