12 teams register for Mpico social football tourney

A total of 12 teams have registered for the Mpico Social Football tournament, which kicks off on August 29, 2015 at Inspector General of Police Ground in Area 30.

Chioza conducting the draw at Mpico boardroom

Chioza conducting the draw at Mpico boardroom

The number exceeds the original plan by sponsors Mpico Limited and the organising committee to have only ten teams participating in the two-week tournament.

“We planned to have only ten teams but the response we got teams was just overwhelming. This forced us to consider increasing the number of teams to 12,” said Lawrence Yobe, coordinator of the tournament.

Teams that have registered for the tournament include: Bunda Alumina, Airtel, Black Rhino, Ecobank, Mpico, Malawi Savings Bank, Auction Holdings Limited, MRA, FMB, UNC Project, Limbe Leaf and Old Mutual.

Meanwhile, the draw for the tournament was held Tuesday evening at Mpico head office in city centre, where MRA, Airtel and Black Rhino were placed in Group A. Rivals Ecobank and FMB were placed in Group B alongside Old Mutual with Malawi Savings Bank, Bunda and Auction Holdings drawn in Group C. UNC Project, Limbe Leaf and Mpico were drawn in Group D.

The games are scheduled to start in the morning on the 29th of August and finishing on September 5, 2015.

Top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarterfinal stage, whose draw was also conducted Tuesday evening. The semi-final draw will be done after completion of the quarterfinals.

Nearly all the registered teams witnessed the draw, which was done by Brenda Chioza from Mpico’s parent company Old Mutual.

It was exciting to see each team claiming to be champions of the inaugural Mpico Socials tournament.

Mpico has pumped in K1 million into the tournament with the participating teams paying registration fees of K75,000 per club.

Winners of the tournament are set to walk away with a trophy and K200,000, first runners-up K150,000, second runners-up K125,000 and the fourth-placed team K100,000.

The organising committee has indicated it might consider adjusting the prizes for champions’ and first runners-up upwards with the addition of the two teams.

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4 thoughts on “12 teams register for Mpico social football tourney”

  1. Chifundo says:

    Please note that football is a luxury. Don’t compare it with food. In all countries where football is developed tickets are expensive. If you don’t have the MK2000, please buy Chinese batteries and listen to radio. One reason we have violence at football matches is because we allow each and every idiot afford a ticket. Even those who can’t afford a decent life or living below the poverty line. The reason that gate collections are stollen is not justification enough to lower ticket prices. What we need is just mechanism to control that.

  2. Zedi Alani Ntatapa says:

    Bunda Alumina or Bunda Alumni? Bwinotu bwino!

  3. Dear Editor

    Pls allow me to express my birth right freedom to give my views on this otherwise stupid decision.

    I had an opportunit to listen to the Mpira ku Mlawi Programe on Wednsday last week. Guys made remarkable points as regards this decision. It reveals the level of maturity at the Malawi ffotball House. What do you expect from under qualified and aged employees at FAM.
    They fail to realise that this is a recipe for disaster at CIVO stadium with no historic pockets of football holiganism. They did the same with Bullets CAF game and the so called commercial manager resigned amd serious concerns and low expexted returns at the game. The miagre collections were counted at gun point at Southern Police HQ.
    The Fair trade Commision should inteeven and protect the consumers. You can not jump from official K500 to K2000 a jump of over 300%. Rediculous isint it? Transport in Lilongwe cost at an average of K1000 rounded , meals and other, meaning an innocent ffotball fun will part awy with K5000+ for a football game equalling to the cost of thumba la chimanga.
    Guys lets put maters right at FAM. Even to see the pivtures of the so called managers at FAM that you guys post on this site, its so disguising. Amatures and not worth to be there

    I stand to challenged

  4. Analyst says:

    In Malawi you have to justify each and every move. On the other hand koma ndiyetu weekend imeneyo ogulitsa ma ticket alemera pa ma gate. Kutulutsa K1000 kulandira kuthyolera mthumba munthu kudutsa. No control at all. Ndikumadabwa kuti akuti stadium inadzadza koma apanga 5 million kwacha yokha basi. You can’t even produce figures kuti mu stadium munalowa anthu angati and u cannot account for the revenue without these figures. Install electronic control systems on the gates and these will automatically give u reports of how many pipo entered the stadiums and how much has been raised. Wake up we are in the 21st Century pilizi amangwetu

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