Nyasa Big Bullets have unveiled their ambitious plans to open a club house and set up a head office in Blantyre on New Year’s Day next year.
The People’s Team’s director responsible for technical issues Malinda Chinyama said this during the launch of the club’s commercial drive in Blantyre on Wednesday.
“We are planning our head office and club house on 1st January 2019 and this will be part of the commercial drive,” he said amid applause.
Chinyama, who represented the club’s president Konrad Buckle, said as part of the commercialisation progress, the club has already insured players under medical aid, workman’s compensation and personal accidents.
“We have also purchased supporters’ registration equipment, acquired [an expatriate] coach and roped in a new partner in Gold Leaf,” he said.
The People’s Team technical director said since Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC), there is a high degree of discipline and sanity in the team.
“There are proper job descriptions, players are paid on time, trust has been restored among stakeholders, there is also financial stability, we have put in place brand and product rights protection and we have accounting software for financial records,” he said.
Chinyama described the commercialisation drive launch as a historic moment for the club, saying it has always been their desire to witness such an important moment in the history of the club, especially the transition that has taken place.
“Since 1967 when the club was established, Nyasa Big Bullets has experienced various difficulties ranging from financial, managerial to technical. Irrespective of sponsors and well-wishers coming to the aid of the club over the years, there was still need to find lasting solution and commercialisation, in as far as I am concerned, is the solution we needed for this great football club to become financially sound and stable.
“Our aim is to make Nyasa Big Bullets one of the giants in the region and the whole continent of Africa. Our joining CAF underlines this ambition. We will devise strategies to achieve our vision for Nyasa Big Bullets. As the first club to embrace commercialisation, we promise to remain trendsetters so as to influence the game of football in Malawi while upholding principles of fairplay,” he said..
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu said the commercialisation redefines the club as a professional entity.
“The benefits are numerous. I would like to call upon the corporate world to seriously consider partnering with Nyasa Big Bullets which is the biggest in terms of support base,” he said.