Be Forward Wanderers FC immediate past chairperson Gift Mkandawire and the club’s trustees chairperson Rashid Gaffar have challenged the new executive committee (ex-co) to be dedicated to the team both mentally and financially.
They said this yesterday at Wanderers Club in Blantyre where Nomads supporters ushered in a new ex-co.
Mkandawire and Gaffar urged the new committee to find means of sourcing funds for the Lali Lubani Road outfit instead of benefiting from the team.
In his farewell speech, Mkandawire said: “It is not easy to lead Wanderers. It needs dedication both mentally and financially. Simukubwera pachinyezi.You need to be courageous.”
“I am retiring, but I am not running away from responsibility. I pledge support for the new committee to ensure the club does not fall.”
On his part, Gaffar said: “Kuno sikonjoyera [This is not a place where you will enjoy life]. This is a place where you are supposed to find means for acquiring finances for the club.”
The polls saw Simon Sikwese, who was approached by the main supporters committee to vie for the chairperson post, going in unopposed alongside first vice-chairperson Chris Kananji, new general secretary Victor Maunde, who was previously the team manager, and the new vice-general secretary Adelaide Migogo.
Andrew Mwadala won the second vice-chairperson seat after beating his predecessor Hubert Mfune, who did not turn up for the polls.
However, controversy ensued after Davie Pemba and Mphatso Jika battled for the treasurer post and the results were shelved pending further scrutiny. Chris Kananji won the first vice-chairperson seat.
The voting process started after former treasurer Robert Mbedza presented a financial report.
Sikwese admitted there is a lot that needs to be done to bring sanity to the club.
He said: “We need to put in place systems that can move the team forward . We need to look at roles and responsibilities of trustees, executive and supporters. Everybody should have a limit. Supporters should not benefit from the club’s revenue, but help the team. It is also important to make sure there is financial prudence. “We strongly believe commercialisation is the best way to go as a club but we first need to sort out the problems at hand. We need to put our house in order.”