By Mphatso Malidadi:
Internal wrangles continue to haunt Be Forward Wanderers, with members of the Executive Committee threatening to step down after accusing some supporters of peddling lies against officials and players.
Wanderers have issued a statement against a section of the team’s supporters which the team accuses of having ulterior motives against it.
The development comes after Steve Madeira resigned as Wanderers Team Manager walking in the footsteps of former vice secretary Chulu Mkangama, who also resigned.
In the statement issued on Tuesday and signed by Wanderers Chairperson Gift Mkandawire, the executive warns it would walk away from the team if the wrangles continue.
“In the past few weeks, we have seen resignations from several key members of the team including the Vice GS [Mkangama] and the Team Manager [Steve Madeira]. This is because we are not happy with the way things are being conducted or being forced upon us by some ‘supporters’ who have ulterior motives and do not wish the team well.
“This being an election year, there have sprung up several people in the different online Wanderers groups and even outside these groups from rival teams whose objective is to destroy our camp. They have always targeted hard-working people in our setup and tarnished their images because they know by frustrating these people, our team will suffer and perform poorly,” the statement.
The statement further states that Wanderers executive will not reject any resignations because the club has suffered enough from unfounded accusations.
“Hard-working people are being accused of stealing money from the club by outsiders who have no clue at all about how the club is run. As a result, this club is partly supported and financed by members of the trustees, executive, supporters and even technical. The club owes all of us a lot of money. Even our sponsors know this. We produce audited accounts each year,” the statement reads.
“As an executive, we sacrifice a lot for this club. If these lies against us and our families continue being embraced by our own supporters and we are forced to operate on directives, then we shall have no choice but to step down and call for early elections. We were given the mandate to run this team based on our manifesto, not based on some supporters’ reactions to lies on social media platforms,” the letter states.
Mkandawire refused to take questions including whether the club owes Madeira money but referred us to the statement.
“We have released a statement regarding Madeira and everybody else and we are not saying anything beyond that,” he said.
Wanderers started the season impressively when they beat Mzuni 5-0 in a TNM Super League match before losing to Silver Strikers 1-0 in the first leg match of the Airtel Top 8 Cup at Kamuzu Stadium. Wanderers then suffered a humiliating defeat when they lost to Blue Eagles 3-0 at the same venue. Nomads were then eliminated from the Airtel Top 8 after losing 1-0 during the second leg of the competition.
However, they beat Karonga United 1-0 through a Babatunde Adepoju goal before drawing with Chitipa United 0-0.
Wanderers are now on position eight with seven points from four games.