Be Forward Wanderers, through its Chairperson Gift Mkandawire, has admitted that it had financial problems in the 2018 TNM Super League season, but the team is hoping that the 2019 season will be different.
The 2018 FISD Challenge Cup Champions, who also finished second in the TNM Super League, faced a lot of challenges in the just ended season in settling bills for its players’ salaries and allowances, as well as some other issues, which landed them in unceasing debts.
In an interview with a local Newspaper, Mkandawire started by revealing the problems the team faced in the last stages of the just ended season.
“Towards the end of last season, particularly in October, we struggled to pay game bonuses because the boys were winning one game after another. Of course, winning games was good for us but caught us off guard as we needed to raise more money to pay the players.
“But the biggest challenge was that we were not getting much from gate collections in some games. So, we had to improvise to ensure that our players got bonuses on time.
“The money that we were getting from our sponsor, Be Forward, was not enough to cater for all our needs in the 2018 season. It was not even enough for salaries because we had a bloated squad,” Mkandawire said.
In bid to end the problems, Mkandawire said the team is going to put the players’ salaries within range.
“People should also know that our boys have got high salaries across the board. So, this year, we want to make sure that all salaries are within range. This will help us to have some surplus for other needs,” stressed the Chairman.
He also told the Paper that they are trying to fully venture in commercialisation drive as another way of boosting the team’s finances.