Be Forward Wanderers supporters have said they expect a fully-fledged annual general meeting (AGM) other than just elections this morning at their clubhouse in Chichiri, Blantyre.
In the recent past, the Nomads have not had full AGMs, preferring to only have elections of new office bearers on the agenda.
But main supporters committee chairperson Melvin Nkunika on Friday said the supporters are expecting to get reports from the outgoing chairperson, general secretary (GS) and treasurer.
“This time it will not be business as usual as we have asked the outgoing executive committee to present reports on how they run the club for in office.the past two years that they were
“Crucial will be presentation of team performance and financial reports,” he said.
Nkunika also said former vice-chairperson Symon Sikwese and ex-team manager Victor Maunde are tipped to be ushered in unopposed for the positions of chairperson and GS respectively as they have no contenders.
“By close of business today [yesterday], which was the cut-off point, these two had no contenders so too Chris Kananji, Adelaide Migogo and Pemphero Nkumba, who are aspiring for the positions of first vice-chairperson, vice-general secretary and vice-treasurer, respectively,” he said.
The Nomads’ supporters boss said the post of second vice-chairperson has attracted two candidates the incumbent Hubert Mfune and Andrew Mwadala.
The position of treasurer has also attracted two aspirants—Mphatso Jika and Dave Pemba.
However, Kananji, who was acting general secretary in the outgoing committee, yesterday said he was undecided on whether to contest.
“There are some issues that I need to seriously consider before making a final stand,” he said.
He, however, confirmed that the outgoing committee is expected to present reports at the AGM.
Sikwese, who accepted to contest for the Nomads’ hot seat after being approached by the main supporters committee, yesterday said his expectation is that the club should be run professionally.
“We need to ensure that we put in place systems that are going to bring back the glory of the club.
“The entire executive committee also needs to be committed to the cause other than prioritising personal gains,” he said.
Sikwese also said there is need for supporters to clearly understand their roles.
“They shouldn’t have the control of the club to ensure that there are no unnecessary conflicts.”
Until Thursday when Sikwese accepted to stand for the position of chairperson, the Nomads had no candidate for the top seat.
This came after three other high-profile figures rebuffed advances by the supporters to consider vying for the position.
These are Nico Holdings plc managing director Vizenge Kumwenda, who once served as treasurer, Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services director general Masauko Medi and Standard Bank head of personal and business banking Phillip Madinga, who also starred for the Nomads in the 1990s.
Recently, the club’s outgoing chairperson Gift Mkandawire also rejected the supporters’ plea to reconsider his decision not to seek re-election.
In the past, high-profile figures in society used to scramble for the Nomads’ top seat, but that is no longer the case.
The club’s former chairperson Humphrey Mvula said the Nomads’ situation is clear testimony that the club has lost direction.
“It is sad that an institution like Wanderers, which has millions of followers, is failing to attract or indeed find suitable candidates for the top seat,” he said.
Mvula said this was not surprising because the standards at Lali Lubani Road have gone down.