Be Forward Wanderers say they will negotiate for a starterpack with their sponsors Be Forward Limited who are set to stop bankrolling the club this December.
The Japanese used car dealer last month announced that they would stop sponsoring the Lali Lubani Road outfit due to effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nomads’ chairperson Symon Sikwese on Thursday said: “That is something that we want to negotiate with them.
“Of course, we would still have a year remaining on the contract, but we’ll not make fuss of it because in the agreement, there is a term that in case of a natural disaster, they can terminate the contract and Covid-19 is a natural disaster.
“They have also been a good sponsor to us and that is why we would want to part amicably.”
However, the Nomads boss said although the sponsors confirmed their decision to pull out, they are still waiting for official communication.
“One of the directors confirmed through WhatsApp on their decision to terminate the deal, but formal communication will be vital before we can enter into an agreement with another potential sponsor or partner.
“So, we expect them to write us formally,” he said.
Be Forward local representative Mike Butao also hinted at negotiating for a starterpack for the club when the contract is terminated.
Meanwhile, Sikwese has said going forward, they have finalised a sponsorship proposal which they will be presenting to potential sponsors and partners next week.
“We have outlined how a potential sponsor will benefit from partnering with us. We want it to be a win-win situation,” he said.
He also said new contracts for players will have to be negotiated in line with what the club can afford.
“Our current wage bill is very high and in future, we’ll have to operate within our means. Our wagebill will have to be manageable. But the running contracts will not be affected.
“That means salaries will have to be realistic in line with the prevailing economic situation,” said Sikwese.
It is reported that the highest paid player at Wanderers gets about K500 000.
Football analyst George Kaudza Masina said: “That’s the way to go. New contracts will have to be negotiated based on their pocket unlike in the past when their salaries were too ambitious for a selected few which were being honoured with a lot of pain.”
However, the Nomads captain Alfred Manyozo Jnr said the club will have to exercise caution on the issue of contracts.
“Wanderers is a big team and success does not come cheap. They need to invest by offering players good packages to motivate them,” he said.