Ex-BB Stars, a social football team comprising former Nyasa Big Bullets players, generated 11 percent of their targeted K1.3 million from their fundraising match against Southern Region (SR) Socials at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday.
With entry fee at K500, about 300 football lovers turned up as the Bullets veterans made a total of K144 000 net.
The match, which saw Stars securing a 3-0 victory through goals from Heston Munthali, Jimmy Zakazaka and Muzipasi Mwangonde, was aimed at raising funds to help some former Bullets players that are struggling to make ends meet after their retirement from active football.
They were also expected to use part of the funds for their Lilongwe trip next weekend to face Central Region (CR) Socials and Silver Strikers Veterans in matches meant to unveil their grouping to Central Region football lovers.
On what they will do to ensure the purpose of the fundraising match is fulfilled, Stars’ chairperson Isaac Msuku said: “The development means we have to look for other fundraising activities to raise more money. We have also asked Nyasa Big Bullets FC to help.”
Nevertheless, the grouping’s spokesperson Peter Mponda thanked the turnout for their support and SR Socials for being supportive on their initiative.
“So far so good. It is encouraging to see that we are going inthe right direction. We thank the supporters for coming to watch our game. They knew that we are not active players and what we wanted was a little something to help our fellow players and use for our imminent trip,” he said.
SR Socials treasurer Archbald Kasakura said they are happy and proud to be in a good relationship with the Ex-BB Stars “and we will continue supporting the grouping in its future endeavours”.
This was the second time the two sides were facing off since the Ex-Stars team was founded three weeks ago. The Ex-Stars triumphed 3-2 in their first meeting.