Nyasa Big Bullets and Zimbabwean football powerhouse Dynamos on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for their pre-season back-to-back friendly matches next weekend.
The two sides will meet at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday and then clash at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe the following day.
Football marketing consultant Felix Ngamanya Sapao, who brokered the agreement, and Bullets vice-chairperson Sadiki Malinga yesterday confirmed that an agreement has been signed between the two clubs.
The agreement includes the People’s Team paying the Harare-based side a reasonable appearance fee.
“It [MoU] took place. They were asking for player allowances, but it is reasonable. They accepted what Bullets offered them.
“In normal circumstances, a club like Dynamos, which is ranked among the top 10 on the continent, is supposed to ask for not less than $50 000 [about K38 million] package as appearance fees, but this time around it is not about money as they want to build a relationship with Bullets,” said Sapao.
On his part, Malinga said: “I can confirm that a formal agreement has been reached, but I cannot give out the details.”
Dynamos, who are planning for a new season under a new technical set-up led by Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva, hope to take their preparations to a new level by engaging the People’s Team.
The club’s general secretary Webster Chikengezha was quoted by Zimbabwe’s daily newspaper, The Herald, as saying preparations for the trip were on course.
“It’s good that we are playing these matches because it gives our team the practice it needs ahead of the new season,” he said.
The matches are part of launch for the five-year partnership agreement between Bullets and Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC). n