Nyasa Big Bullets football club players and officials can afford a smile after their sponsors Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC) announced they are not going to cut their salaries by 30 per cent despite no extra funds going to the club due to coronavirus.
Earlier this month, Bullets Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Escort Chinula confirmed receiving a proposal from the sponsors considering a pay cut for the players and officials who had initially agreed to the proposal as a way of helping the club during this difficult time.
But speaking to the media on Thursday 28 May 2020, Nyasa Big Bullets board of directors president Konrad Buckle said they have reversed the proposal after a meeting of board of directors to consider the welfare of players and technical panel as they are only receiving salaries aside from the training and game bonuses they receive.
“We thought it may not be ideal to cut their salaries when things are getting expensive in shops and even a landlord cannot reducetheir rentals by 30%,” he said.
Buckle further said Nyasa Manufacturing Company has in place structures to accomplish the agreements in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which include building a new stadium and buying a bus that supporters should not be worried as they are committed to support the club.
The 2019 TNM super league defending champions through director of marketing Noel Lipipa also took time to assure the supporters that the board of directors meeting which took place yesterday highlighted a number of issues which are to happen at the club including buying a new bus.
“Nyasa Manufacturing Company settled a lot of debts when they took over which the club had and have spent K1.2 billion in three years which shows their commitment to support the club. They have also approved K100 million to buy the new bus”, said Lipipa.