Be Forward Wanderers say they have started the hunt for new sponsors as termination of the deal with Be Forward Limited approaches.
Nomads chairperson Symon Sikwese yesterday said while their focus is on the ambitious fundraising drive targeting K100 million a month, they have not given up on securing another sponsor.
“To that effect, we have approached some potential sponsors and negotiations are underway.
“But at the same time we need to appreciate that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected businesses and operations world over. So, our expectations from sponsorships and partnerships need to be realistic. That is why our focus is on the fundraising initiative,” he said.
The search for a sponsor comes after Japanese used motorhehicle dealer Be Forward Limited officially communicated to the Lali Lubani Road outfit about its sponsorship termination effective December end this year.
Sikwese also said although there is still one year remaining on the contract, they will just negotiate for a starterpack.
He was also quoted by our sister newspaper the Weekend Nation as having said that the club’s name will revert to Mighty Wanderers once the mutual process is finalised.
Said Sikwese: “We will start the close out process next month [November] and then from January next year we will revert to our traditional name of Mighty Wanderers.
“We will also fully revert to our traditional blue and white colours.”
Nomads captain Alfred Manyozo Jnr said it is encouraging that the club is pursuing a number of options to ensure that it is financially sound.
“As players, we are employees of the club, but we can only give out our best if our welfare is being taken care of and our contractual obligations are being met, obviously that calls for sound financial standing,” he said.
When they were sponsored by Stansfield Motors from the late 1960s to mid 1970s, the Nomads were called ‘Mighty’ Yamaha Wanderers.
They then changed their name to ‘Mighty’ Limbe Leaf Wanderers when Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company Limited took over sponsorship up to the 1990s.
The Nomads went on to change their name again to Mighty Telecom Wanderers and then Mighty MTL Wanderers when they were sponsored by Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) before Be Forward Limited took over the sponsorship in 2014.