This followed an emergency meeting Monday at which the executive members, supporters committee, board of trustees’ members met the sponsor to resolve the infighting that has rocked the club in recent days.
“We have been told to make a concrete decision within seven days. If we fail to do so, it will mean we are back to square one-without sponsorship,” one unnamed club official told a local daily published Tuesday.
Some officials namely Noel Lipipa, Alex Gondwe and Sadick Malinga have been embroiled in power struggle with the chairman Chilunga over his leadership style.
They accused him of making unilateral decisions but Chilunga dismissed claims made by his detractors saying they were undermining his authority by among others blocking reforms he has instituted to ensure that the club should run professionally.
The issue reached fever pitch last week when chairman of Nyasa Manufacturing Company Konrad Buckle issued a strong worded statement to the warring factions.
“We have been following events surrounding the club in the media, newsprint and social media. As I am very concerned with the bad publicity the team is getting which is directly affecting us as a partner.
“We would not want our brand to be affected or associated by such infighting, lack of discipline and lack of expertise to manage business. You risk the embarrassment of losing another sponsorship if this does not stop,” he warned.
Later Bullets players also issued their own statement that they were in support of Chilunga and asked those challenging his authority to quit.
“All those who are not ready to work with the current chairman Mr Sam Chilunga should humbly resign from the executive,” the players said in a statement.
Analysts have said that the problems that have rocked the Bullets camp are coming out because of the administrative set up in which teams are community owned as such ordinary fans wield a lot of powers and always tamper with matters of administration.
Sports Journalist Peter Kanjere was even more blunt in his article published recently arguing most of those involved in club administration in Malawi regard soccer clubs as their cash cows.
“The problem is that football is controlled by the unemployed and the destitute who stand to lose their cash cows if clubs such as, Be Forward Wanderers and Bullets turned professional. It is these confusionists who will always resist change in clubs and sow seeds of confusion,” observed Kanjere.
Meanwhile Nyasa Tobacco Manufacturing Company chairman declined to shed details of what transpired during the emergency indaba but only told the local media that it charted the way forward.
“What I can say now is that the meeting has shown us that there is the way forward. There will be some new structures within the committee and we hope everything will be followed accordingly,” said Buckle.