Mighty Wanderers acting chief executive officer (CEO) Chauncy Gondwe says people should not read much into his letter to the club that he will bow out at the end of the season.
His clarification comes amid reports of divisions within the Nomads’ set-up.
A letter from Gondwe, who is also the club’s board legal adviser, dated October 2 2021 addressed to the development committee chairperson, reads in part: “As the football season is drawing closer to the end, I wish to remind the board, through your office, that our mandate expires within two games time. The board resolved that we were to act on interim basis till the end of the season.
“I will be bowing out immediately after the last [TNM] Super League game so I can spend more time on my personal business. The administration manager, finance manager and the public relations manager have also expressed similar wishes. We are no longer interested in the management of the team.”
In an interview yesterday, Gondwe confirmed writing the letter, saying he did that to give the board ample time to fill the positions with permanent employees.
He said: “This letter has not said anything to do with resignation. This is just a normal communication in a company.
“This is about mandate closure. Our mandate as acting management team ends after the season. That’s what the memo is all about. Maybe people just do not understand.”
Gondwe brushed off suggestions that he wrote the letter out of frustration.
However, another member of the management team said they were frustrated with interference in management issues by some members of the board.
“Some board members are interfering in management issues. They want to do things themselves and you wonder what is the role of the management team and that has not gone down well with some of us,” said the source.
On his part, the club’s board secretary Humphrey Mvula played down the issue of divisions.
He said: “I cannot comment on any other issues or rumours that have not been declared.
“What I can say is that we have informally seen the letter. The fact of the matter is that the board, at its 23rd July meeting, appointed the management team to serve until the end of the season.
“The management team was selected from the past executive committee. So, as it is, the board will wait for a report from the appropriate committee, suffice to state that these [management team] members remain board members. We also thank them for serving the club professionally.”
The Nomads board, which is headed by business mogul and philanthropist Thom Mpinganjira as its president and board chairperson, appointed an interim management team following the dissolution of the executive committee after the team was registered as a limited liability company in July.