Mzuni University (Mzuni) Football Club (FC) has asked the community in Mzuzu City and other parts Northern Region to help the team as it is currently facing financial challenges.
Since Mzuzu University stopped bankrolling the team early this year, it has been sailing in troubled waters as it depends on gate collections as a main source of revenue.
In the elite TNM Super League, Mzuni FC is stuck in relegation zone on position 13 with 10 points from 11 games.
In an interview, Mzuni coach Gilbert Chirwa said it is worrisome that the team has talented players, but financial challenges could affect their performance this season.
“We are now faced with no option, but ask people around Mzuzu as well as Northern Region to take this team as theirs and come forward to help us.
“We ask individuals, business entities around us and beyond to save the team so that we remain in the league next season and perform better in other cups,” he said.
The team has had a mixed performance this year as it missed the 2019 Airtel Top 8 Cup FINAL by a whisker when it was knocked out in the semi-finals on post-match penalties by Karonga United 4-5.
The coach said continued lack of clear sponsorship may likely affect players’ performance.
“To say the truth, we have a very good crop of players who are playing well, but with financial constraints the players will likely lose concentration.
“It is difficult for football players to fully commit themselves on the ground when they are facing serious financial challenges,” Chirwa said.
After the university withdrew its sponsorship, the team started discussing with a South African prospective sponsor, but that has not finalised.