It doesn’t get sweeter than this. Mighty Wanderers have secured sponsorship from Salima Sugar Company, ending tales of doom and gloom on the future of the club.
Both parties confirmed the. development yesterday, saying
the initial deal will be for nine months with an option for a long-term agreement
Salima Sugar company secretary Charles Thupi yesterday said the initial deal will run from this month to March next year.
He said: “Based on the club’s performance, financial management and discipline of both players and supporters, we will enter into a long-term partnership because as a company we believe in integrity.
“We, therefore, urge the players and supporters to be disciplined.”
However, Thupi could not reveal the sponsorship package, saying they are still negotiating.
“We should finalise by Wednesday next week as we also have to involve FAM [Football Association of Malawi] and Sulom [Super League of Malawi],” he said.
The Nomads chairperson Chancy Gondwe yesterday said they are excited and proud to enter into partnership with Salima Sugar.
He said: “The partnership will evolve into full partnership next year.
“We are still negotiating the nitty-gritties of the arrangement.
“We are urging all our supporters, both individuals and corporate, to embrace our new partner. Wanderers supporters love Salima Sugar.”
Team captain Alfred Manyozo Jnr could also not hide his excitement in an interview yesterday.
“This is the good news that
we have all been looking forward to. It will motivate us a lot and I want to assure Salima Sugar and club management that we’ll not disappoint,” he said.
The development comes as a relief to all those associated with the Lali Lubani Road outfit whose future appeared gloomy after Japanese company, Be Forward Limited, pulled out sponsorship last December, ending a five-year romance.
The Nomads have in the recent past been depending on well-wishers such as business mogul and philanthropist Thom Mpinganjira, who pumped in K24 million towards salaries, Safintra Malata and Meru Filling Station, among others.
Apart from Be Forward Limited, the Nomads, who bask in the glory of being the oldest team in the land, have in the past been sponsored by Stansfield Motors, Limbe Leaf Tobacco Limited, Malawi Telecommunications Limited and Carlsberg