A slow afro-jazz beat played in the background, I felt privileged to be part of the group that was treated to a full buffet luncheon which Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC) hosted for their Nyasa Big Bullets players on Tuesday at the up-market @tmosphere Grill and Lounge in Blantyre.
It was so mouth-watering that even when a piece of beef fell on the ground, I could not help but pick it in a flash without being noticed. It was such refreshing sight that a team that would have chiwaya chips as pre-match meal just a couple of years back, is now enjoying the luxury of five-course meals.
Oh yes, for a team that not long ago would stop at Nkhondo ndi Anansi canteen at Madisi in Dowa for a meal enroute to Mzuzu where the menu is scribbled on a piece of cardboard and reads: Lice with got (rice with goat meat): K700 (about $1.1); Nsima and cow (Nsima and beef): K700 lice and river (rice and liver): K900 (about $1.4). It was refreshing to see Bullets players having such a sumptous meal.
It has been a fascinating tale of rugs to riches and probably these are the motivating factors for Bullets players and a section of fans to ask their sponsors to take over the club’s ownership. But where the players are missing the plot is that they are just like any other ordinary employee who have no right what-so-ever to poke their noses on issues pertaining to the club’s management and ownership.
The fans also need to understand that the issue of the club’s buy-out is corporate in nature and is not as easy as kupinyolisa jakete. It’s an issue that requires a lot of consultation. Osati wakhuta mgaiwa uko basi umvekere timu tengani asa! But having said that, I feel Nyasa have the right to bid for the club’s ownership. Afterall, despite strong resistance from fans, the Glazers still bought Man United. Nyasa can become a co-owner by buying shares as is the case elsewhere. Uloliwe, uloliwe wayidudula neng’asiza hah! (the train is pushing!). Glory be to God. n