New Bullets CEO eyes growth beyond Africa

Suzgo Nyirenda

Nyasa Big Bullets new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Suzgo Nyirenda believes the team is a big brand that can grow and play in the World Cup Championship. 

Nyirenda, the former Cosafa deputy general secretary, has just been appointed Bullets CEO replacing Escort Chinula who was appointed in acting capacity last year.

In an exclusive interview quoted on the team’s website, Nyirenda said he has gained experience working as Football Association of Malawi CEO and his Cosafa role and therefore he has direction on how football can be run in Africa.

“But when I was working at FAM I realised the difficulties that that football clubs are facing in Malawi and I’m glad today that I’m going straight to a club, I want to prove what I’ve been thinking; my principles, what I have gained, the experience, the fundamentals which are used to develop a club.

"I have been connected, I have been part of Club Licensing Committee of CAF and I have seen how clubs in other countries operate and I would like to bring that concept. I believe Bullets already has a team which we can work together and push it forward, so the experience that I’m bringing on board is just adding value to what is already there at Bullets,” he is quoted.

On the issue of commercialisation of clubs in the country, Nyirenda suggested that it is the right approach for the teams, and also the need for the league to undergo reforms.

“… that’s what we need in Malawi, because there’s no more community teams today; it’s very difficult to organize a team using the emblem “community”. So, I believe that the only way forward for Malawian football is to commercialise our teams. [Yes] it’s not easy to commercialise, particularly if you look at our economic base, but is possible. 

“I am not trying to change the horizon of Malawian football, but for teams like Nyasa Big Bullets, [Mighty] Wanderers, Silver [Strikers] to operate properly we need reformation at Super League. Once we have structural changes that are needed to make sure that SULOM operates properly then we have a brand as a League then we can no longer be talking about K15 million league sponsorship. 

“If you look at Nyasa and everybody else they are pulling a lot of resources into these things, beyond the reward hereafter is, so I believe we need to have brand as a League while the rest of the clubs should follow,” he said.

Bullets undertook the comercialisation route before Silver Strikers followed suit.