By: Lackson Kanyoza
Nyasa Manufacturing Company, sponsors for Nyasa Big Bullets have denied rumours circulating around that the team’s players have now been turned into cigarettes sellers.
Ever since their partnership was sealed last month, Bullets senior players have been touring all the three regions of Malawi, promoting NMC brands and have been attending training once or twice per week.
The development forced some section of supporters to question their executive for not allowing the players to resume pre-season training as the new season is getting closer.
However, the company’s brands manager Chimwemwe Chikwana refuted the rumours saying players are on the tour to interact with their fans.
“The agreement we made with Big Bullets was to refrain the players from selling our products. We manufacturers’ cigarettes and we cannot involve the players into this business because that wasn’t part of the agreement. NMC has got its sales representatives everywhere so it’s meaningless to involve players.
“We just planned to see the players interacting with their fans before the start of the season. Bullets is the biggest team in Malawi with millions of supporters and some of these supporters have never met their players so this is one way of reaching out to every supporter throughout the country,” he concluded.
On his part, the team’s general secretary Kelvin Moyo echoed Chikwana’s words saying the players are just resting ahead of the new season and that the tours will not affect their season.
“Bullets players had no time to rest last season because of CAF champions League involvement so we can’t just throw them into the pitch again. These touring will have no negative impact on our season because we have maintained the same squad that won the league twice with some few additions so everything is ok,” explained Moyo.
The league champion’s first game in the 2016 will be Nyasa Challenge Cup against Dynamos of Zimbabwe next week at Kamuzu Stadium and Civo Stadium respectively.