BB Reserve confirm Super League participation

Mlombwa: This is affecting people

This is it. Nyasa Big Bullets have confirmed their reserve side will participate in the TNM Super League next season, ending weeks of uncertainty.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) licensing and compliance manager Casper Jangale yesterday said the People’s Team management made the confirmation during a meeting with the local football governing body on Friday.

Bullets Reserve celebrate winning the Chitetezo Mbaula League

Bullets Reserve earned promotion into the top-flight league after winning the 2018 Chitetezo Mbaula Southern Region Football League (SRFL) Premier Division title.

However, Jangale said they have set conditions for the team’s participation in the top-flight league.

“We have told them to split from the current set-up and become an independent entity altogether as per club licensing system requirements.

“We have given them until the end of next [this] week to clearly outline who will run the team and how it will be structured,” he said.

Jangale said it will not be the first time to implement such an arrangement as it also happened with Escom Reserves when they changed to Blantyre United.

Bullets chief executive officer Fleetwood Haiya could not be reached for comment, but the club’s technical director Malinda Chinyama said FAM’s position was in line with the club’s decision at board level.

“Fifa does not allow an institution to own two teams in one league and during our meeting, it was agreed that the reserve side would operate as a separate entity.

“The current sponsors [Nyasa Manufacturing Company] hinted at identifying a different sponsor and that is why the board recommended that a cost analysis should be carried out and that a project proposal should be developed. But the CEO [Haiya] should be in a better position to give more details,” he said.

However, the club’s former technical director Billy Tewesa said he is not in agreement with the move.

“I think they are defeating the whole purpose of having a reserve side. The development will create a bit of confusion, ” he said.n

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