Be Forward Wanderers main supporters committee on Tuesday summoned the players over the club’s recent poor showing.
The supporters committee, led by their chairperson Dinesi Chitsulo are reported to have questioned the players commitment of late, which has seen them win two out of six matches—against Airborne Rangers (1-0) in a TNM Super League match and Max Bullets (2-1) in a Carlsberg Cup match.
They lost to Silver Strikers (0-2) and Big Bullets (1-2) and drew one-all against Moyale and Red Lions in league matches.
Chitsulo confirmed having summoned the players, saying: “Supporters were concerned with the continued poor performance of the team, especially in the last six games in which their commitment was questionable.
“So, we called them to find out if they [players] had any grievances and if at all the executive committee was not meeting some of its obligations. However, the players told us that they had no grievances as they were being paid all their dues.”
He also claimed that during the meeting the players admitted that they were not giving out their all.
“We advised them on the need to pull up their socks because they were carrying the hopes of millions of the team’s followers across the country and they assured us that there would be an improvement starting with the weekend [Carlsberg Cup] game against Chilumba Barracks,” said Chitsulo.
Asked what authority they had to summon players over performance, Chitsulo said: “We asked to meet them not because it is our duty, but we felt that perhaps behind the scenes they had some issues which they were afraid to raise which were affecting their performance. It is not like we are bullying them.”
Team manager Stevie Madeira confirmed that the meeting indeed took place, but said he could not comment because he excused himself being an interested party.
“I am not aware what issues the supporters discussed with the players. I excused myself because I felt the players would not have been comfortable with my presence,” said Madeira.
Team captain Francis Mlimbika declined to comment, saying he was not part of the meeting as he has not been reporting for training due to a groin injury.
He nevertheless referred The Nation to his vice Richard Chipuwa who could not be reached yesterday.
The Nomads started the season on an impressive note, but lost their way towards the end of the first-round.