So much has been said. Mathematicians have done their calculations. Conspiracy theorists have blamed Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers for participating in a bonanza for a ‘cheap’ reconditioned bus which, they argue, could have been bought by both teams if they organised their own matches as they are indisputable crowd-pullers.
Borrowing this line of thought, I then propose that Bullets and Wanderers may as well organise their own ‘Super’ league. After all, after shedding tonnes of beads of sweat for an entire year-with about 30 games in a season-all they reap from the Super League of Malawi and sponsor of the league is a meagre K15 million. Yes, that is the cut for the number one team!
Ladies and gentlemen, let us not unpack all our ammunition and revolutionary thinking on ‘little’ Luso TV. Let us judge even bigger tournaments using the same yardstick and thought pattern.
Honestly, if two games meant a bus, whether reconditioned or brand new, then a season of 30 games per team should be able to offer prize money no less than the cost of 15 buses.
Mathematicians, weigh this lofty expectation against the value of the ultimate prize of K15m up for grabs in the top-flight league.
Perhaps, it is not about Luso TV being clever capitalists. Maybe, we are opening our eyes too late or we have opened our eyes because Luso is a ‘small’ fish and we have to fault them as many times as possible since their ‘innovation’ seemed to have paid off.
I am convinced Luso has done generously better in as much as they can always up their game next time.
Now, one would comprehensively argue that Luso TV proved their entrepreneurial prowess in coming up with the bonanza.
Entrepreneurship is all about identifying a gap, utilising and capitalising on it. We cannot be all loud now, blaming Luso or Bullets or Wanderers. What have we done to identify an opportunity and take advantage of it to change our fortunes and make life better for our clients?
As rightly observed by Friedrich Nietzsche, those dancing are thought to be insane by those who cannot hear the music.
The prevailing issue proves that we have people in this country who have fruitful brains. It is such a mindset that can ably transform this country so long ignite that fire, move into the right direction and change will be for us all to cherish and experience. There are so many opportunities in the world that the country is unable to capitalise on.
Reason? Rigidity, close mindedness and what have you. For how long are we going to have our potential buried?
Oftentimes, we, the sweet talkers, are too quick to bash doers’ success stories. Mere talkers become too critical of achievers.
When something negative occurs, we rush to rejoice.
Fellow Malawians, let us jack up and learn to support each other or refine each other instead of this pull-them-down attitude.
If we keep taming this mentality, we shall always have a closed mind and foreigners will come without a penny into our country and make huge sums out of existing opportunities that we take for granted. Before we know it, the visitors will grow big as we consequently reduce ourselves to begging for crumbs.
Kudos to Luso TV for their enterprising undertaking. Kudos to the Football Assocciation of Malawi (FAM) for opening up.
Actually, the country needs more and more of these bonanzas to keep the teams motivated, rejuvenated and their supporters lively and vibrant.
But the Luso TV Bus Bonanza hullaballoo is only welcome in that it provides room for the organisers to improve, bounce back bigger and better.
Nevertheless, this country could be miles ahead if that cost-benefit analysis were applied to scrutinise various political, social and economic aspects of national interest.
If only such an attention and interest were invested, Malawi could have been a robust nation with vibrant citizenry and sound leadership.
But what do we do on issues of national interest? Clap hands for crap and allow leaders tame as many snakes that spit venom generously to poison functionalities of the anti corruption drive, the economy, the social welfare and the like. n