Nomads suspends training due to unpaid game bonuses

Be Forward Wanderers FC

Be Forward Wanderers players failed to train on Tuesday after the team failed to pay them their game bonuses for the weekend game against Nyasa Big Bullets in a Blantyre derby at Kamuzu Stadium.

The derby grossed K38.3 million with both teams getting K8.1 million each.

It is reported that the players were told to get their share on Tuesday at the training base, but were told that the money has been paid to other debtors.

Before the match, court directed that the team should pay its former coach Franco Ndawa K5.3 million for unlawful dismissal.

The court indicated that the money should be paid from the cash realised from the derby gate collections.

Wanderers chairperson Gift Mkandawire confirmed the development. But refused to give more details on the issue saying it is a family issue.

Last week the players also threatened to boycott training until they are paid in full their game bonuses for the past games.

Mkandawire recently told that the team is in financial problems after accumulating some debts due to inadequate funds.

“Our wage-bill is too big as compared to the sponsorship money we get from our sponsors. We have tried several initiatives to supplement on the sponsorship like sms promotions and selling bottled water, but to no avail because even our supporters do not help by taking part,” he said.

Earlier this year, the team announced an extension of three years to the contract with a Japanese second-hand car dealers Be Forward Limited with a K150 million package per year.

Wanderers general secretary, Mike Butao told the media that the package would also include an additional K15 million should the team win the TNM Super League in any of the three years.

The Nomads now top the Super League table with 45 points followed by their archrivals Nyasa Big Bullets with 42 points.