Nyasa Big Bullets has on Wednesday, 7 November, 2018, confirmed that it has taken a positive step in its commercialisation drive since the takeover by Nyasa Manufacturing Company at a launch held at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre.
NMC started sponsoring the team in 2015 with a 5-year contract, which is worth K100 Million Kwacha per season, and runs until 2020.
In an interview with a local newspaper, the team’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Fleetwood Haiya, said the launch was just a reminder to the nation that the team is now running as a commercial entity, and it is looking forward to partner with companies.
“This club was founded in 1967 and it has taken 50 years for it to finally turn commercial. We are no longer looking for sponsors but, rather, partners.
“We have different categories of partners and they include principal, platinum, gold, silver and copper. Through this commercialisation drive, we will manage to generate resources through various activities,” he said.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president, Walter Nyamilandu, was also invited at the ceremony, and said the development is positive.
“Football has a lot of potential which the corporate world is failing to exploit. By turning commercial, it means our football is progressing. As you can see, Bullets have recruited a coach [Kalisto Pasuwa] we as FAM once considered for the national team job,” Nyamilandu applauded.
Meanwhile, at the event, there was also an auction where a Bullets jersey was bought at K1 million by a businessman, Gerrie Van Rooven, whose initial price of the auction for the jersey was set at K100, 000.