BLANTYRE (MalawiTalk) – Mighty Wanderers Football Club has lauded the gesture by business mogul and philanthropist Dr Thom Mpinganjira for pumping in K20.2 million to cover 50 percent of players’ salaries for four months at the cash-strapped Lali Lubani Road outfit.
The FDH Financial Holdings Limited founder and majority shareholder said he made the gesture in his personal capacity as a Wanderers long-time supporter.
In a statement issued by the club’s chairperson Mr Simon Sikwese, Wanderers said Mpinganjira has made the gesture following an SOS sounded by the executive committee to supporters and various stakeholders.
Reads the statement: “One of the long-time Wanderers supporters Dr. Thomson Mpinganjira, in his personal capacity and concerned with the the welfare of the players and officials in this difficult time of Covid-19, has volunteered to support the club with the payment of 50 percent of their salaries for four months.
“The players have not been receiving their salaries since December 2020 although they were at 50 percent of their normal rates. With this development, it means that the players will be paid December 2020, January and February 2021 arrears and they will be certain to be paid in March 2021.”
Sikwese said to ensure that the money goes straight to the players, payment is going to be made directly into the players and officials accounts for easy accountability and tracking.
“We greatly appreciate the gesture made by Dr. Mpinganjira and we are calling on other well-wishers to help the team in this time of need,” he said.
On his part, Mpinganjira said he has been a Wanderers fan for a long time since the days when they were called Yamaha Wanderers and used to watch their games with his late wif but stopped patronising matches due to rising cases of violence at football stadia.
Mpinganjira said the money he has given Wanderers “is from my pocket. It is not from FDH Bank Plc or Thomson & Barbara Mpinganjira Foundation.”
The Nomads are without a sponsor after parting ways with Japanese reconditioned motor vehicle dealers Be Forward Limited last month, who were pumping in $200 000 (about K157.2 million) per season.