Be Forward Wanderers FC have now acknowledged getting direct communication from their Japanese sponsors, Be Forward Limited, regarding the decision to stop bankrolling the club from next year.
It follows a resolution made by the Nomads’ executive committee last week to make a follow up with the sponsor..
The club’s chairperson Symon Sikwese, who was assigned the task, was quoted by MBC Radio 2FM as having said: “I did manage to reach out to the sponsor and they confirmed the communication we got from [their representative] Mike Butao to the effect that come December [this year], they will stop sponsoring us.
“Nevertheless, we have asked for official communication since this is a contractual issue and the sponsorship contract runs up to 2021.”
However, Sikwese reiterated that although there will be a year remaining on the agreement, they will not make an issue of the remaining period.
“We do not want to be pushing and pulling each other. They have been a good sponsor and we now have to move on and plan for the future,” he said.
On his part, Butao said he is grateful that the Nomads got it “from the horse’s mouth”.
He said: “Transparency and trust are key, otherwise my position would be irrelevant to the club. The best part of my work is to ensure the club gets the most benefit from this sponsorship.”
Last week, the Nomads said they would follow up the issue with the sponsors directly so as to understand the circumstances behind their decision as they were hearing “different versions from other quarters”.
Be Forward sponsor Wanderers to the tune of K150 million per season. They started sponsoring the Lali Lubani Road outfit in 2015.