By Mphatso Malidadi:
Financially struggling Mzuni FC has been offered an escape route after going into a K20 million partnership with Certified Natural Food Company.
The partnership was announced at Football Association of Malawi’s Mpira Village in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre, Wednesday.
According to terms of the agreement, the team has been given K20 million worth of products to sell and raise money for settling its debts.
The company’s production manager, Chrispin Jedegwa, said the partnership aims at enabling the team to settle its debts in the first phase.
“The partnership is in phases and we begin with the first four-month phase. We will be supplying them with our products such as potato flour, Thanzi ufa wa mbatata and herbal medicine Zondeni Ruo Body,” he said.
Mzuni General Secretary, Donnex Chilonga, expressed gratitude for the gesture.
“It is without doubt that we are sailing in financial problems. We need to service debt which has accumulated to almost K16 million,” he said.
Recently, Sheriffs from the Industrial Relations Court in Mzuzu impounded three vehicles from Mzuzu University over K32 million arrears which the institution owes 12 Mzuni FC players.
The Sheriffs descended on the university after the court found it in breach of terms of the players’ contracts.
The Sheriffs impounded a minibus, seven-tonne lorry and Toyota Land Cruiser after the institution failed to pay termination payments, gratuity and repatriation, training allowances, salaries and game bonuses for the players.