At a time when unceasing infightings are eating up their camp, Malawi super league giants, Nyasa Big Bullets have issued a stern warning to other officials except those in the most top rank not to make media statements or speak to the press on any issue pertaining to the rows and developing issues at the club.
This comes hot in the heels of an announcement by the sponsors of the club, Nyasa Manufacturing Company that the leadership woes that are rocking the Blantyre based side.
The company warned that it will stop sponsoring the people’s team if infighting and lack of discipline among the executive committee members does not end.
NMC last year agreed to sponsor Bullets to the tune of K100 million a year but the company has now told the club officials that the infightings among members of the executive committee will lead to termination of the sponsorship.
But Bullets in a circular that Malawi24 has been served with and copied to the Football Association of Malawi and the Super League of Malawi have said that no any other official besides the Chairman and his Vice should not speak on behalf of the club.
The statement reads ”… Until further notice only the Chairman or his Vice shall speak to the media on matters pertaining to the policy and administration of the Club. Any breach of this directive shall result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from Executives/ Supporters committee.”
The statement admits that the club has been heavily haunted by the wrangles.
Reports we have show that some officials including Club Chairman Sam Chilunga have stepped down.
The statement from the manufacturing company warned Bullets against sponsorship withdrawal.
“We have been following events surrounding the club in the media newsprint and the social media. As the chairman of Nyasa, I am very concerned with the bad publicity the team is getting, which is directly affecting us as a partner.
“We therefore would like to warn your Board and Executive Committee that you risk the embarrassment of losing another sponsorship if this does not stop and the current leadership and contractual obligations are not supported,” reads part of the letter.
Buckle also claimed that the infighting which involves the current club chairman Sammy Chilunga, Sadik Malinga, Alex Kondwe, TithaMandiza and Noel Lipipa is affecting the company’s sales and giving a bad name to the Nyasa brand.
“As you know, this is a partnership of which we are contributing vast sums of money and resources and we are failing to see the benefit with this turmoil.
“There is now a cloud of doubt regarding this investment. – our sales have declined in the past weeks due to the ongoing negative publicity
“Regrettably, it seems nothing has changed regarding the management and welfare of the people’s team and the blatant misuse of club earnings and funds,” said Nyasa Manufacturing Company Chairman Konrad Buckle in a bloated statement on Thursday.