With less than two weeks before Be Forward Wanderers hold their main supporters committee elections, it is still unclear whether incumbent chairperson Dinesi Chitsulo will seek re-election.
So far, three aspirants, including Chitsulo’s second-vice chairperson Melvin Nkunika, have declared their interest to contest for the top seat. The others are flamboyant former chairperson Yona Malunga and Yamikani Kaliyapa.
While Chitsulo could not be reached for his position on the matter, Nkunika yesterday claimed that Chitsulo will not seek re-election “as he is busy with other things.
“As a committee, we have therefore agreed that I should step in Chitsulo’s shoes. For the past two seasons, Wanderers fans have not been involved in serious acts of violence and we would like to continue with that trend.”
On his part, Malunga who is eyeing a return after a two-year break, claimed he is responding to supporters’ call to consider a return.
“I am just responding to Nyerere’s call that I should return and provide the sort of leadership that they want. Currently, there is a gap between the club and supporters and that is why the supporters want me back and after thorough consultations, I have accepted,” said Malunga.
Kaliyapa said his mission is to introduce a modern way to leading supporters.
“The others that are eyeing the top position have been there before and there is nothing new that they will bring.
“It is time for fresh ideas, time to make supporters realise their role and make a difference. Supporters need to be creative and come up with initiatives that will benefit the team and not the other way round,” said Kaliyapa. n