Bullets risk losing sponsorship over in-house fighting
…As Chilunga threatens to resign…
In-house fighting within Big Bullets family has resurfaced again, The Malawi Star has established.
According to information sourced by this publication, club Chairman Sam Chilunga and Vice General Secretary Kelvin Moyo are on the verge of resigning from their positions following divisions that have rocked the Blantyre-based side.
This has forced Bullets’ sponsors Nyasa Manufacturing Company to release a statement from which they have threatened to terminate their partnership agreement with the people’s team if the disagreements are not put to rest by the involved parties.
The company’s Chairman Konrad Buckle has called for an emergency meeting where the involved parties will be in attendance.
The statement has further warned Bullets that it risks the embarrassment of losing another sponsorship if the fighting continues. “Let me remind you that Nyasa Manufacturing Company is a brand and we would not want our brand to be affected or associated by such infighting, lack of discipline and contractual obligations.”
“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 statement.
Buckle also reminded Bullets of how they struggled to get a sponsorship for the past 11 years due to the same issues.
“We were also aware that for the last eleven years, nobody wanted to sponsor BB for exactly the same reasons. The corporate world does not trust the leadership of the team. As we mentioned during the launch we came in because of the current leadership-the Chairman, Sam Chilunga because we believe in his leadership and business skills, above all his intergrity,” continued the statement.
The sponsors have since warned Bullets that the resignation of Chilunga will cost them dearly.
The statement has also revealed that the company’s sales have declined in the past weeks due to the ongoing negative publicity.
Two divisions have been formed inside Bullets’s camp, with Chilunga and Moyo working together while the other camp belongs to Vice-Chairman Sadick Malinga, General Secretary Titha Mandiza, Treasurer Noel Lipipa and Alex Gondwe.
Both parties were not available for a comment as we went to the press.
The emergency meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday, 14th March at Nyasa Manufacturing Company’s offices in Blantyre.