Carlsberg Malawi on Thursday set the hype for the semi-final matches slated for this weekend by presenting uniforms to all the four teams Be Forward Wanderers, Mangochi Police, Silver Strikers and Mafco FC.
The giant brewer presented sets of uniforms complete with players ‘names printed at the back of the jerseys during a colourful ceremony held at the Mpira Village in Limbe.
Carlsberg Malawi Limited Senior brands manager (alcoholics) Twikale Chirwa said the move to present uniforms with names of the players seeks to encourage an element of professionalism in the game.
“We would like to see an element of professionalism and teams can make money out of branding jerseys’ with key players ‘names’,” said Chirwa.
Twikale also announced that this year’s finals which was supposed to take place in Mzuzu has been shifted to Blantyre due to Mzuzu Stadium dilapidated pitch.
“As sponsors we always rotate the finals, the other year it was in Blantyre and last year it was in Lilongwe, while this year we were suppose to hold it in Mzuzu, but unfortunately the condition of the pitch in Mzuzu is not conducive for a final match that is why we have shifted it to Blantyre,” said Chirwa.
Speaking earlier, FAM executive member Daudi Ntanthiko hailed Carlsberg Malawi for their sponsorship and urged other companies to follow suit.
Ntanthiko also described the cup as competitive basing on the fact that this year little known Mangochi Police has progressed through all the way into the semi-finals.
He said it was encouraging to see smaller teams reaching as far as the semi-finals.
On Saturday Be Forward Wanderers will face Mangochi Police in the first semi-final at Kamuzu Stadium before another thriller in Lilongwe involving Silver Strikers and Mafco FC.
However, during the presentation of jerseys there were controversies on Be Forward Wanderers colours.
The Nomads were represented by their Team Manager Steven Madeira, who was not convinced with the jersey presented to them describing the colours as red for their rivals Nyasa Big Bullets.
Bullets were ousted in the cup by Mafco FC with a 1-0 margin.
Madeira said instead of orange in the colars of the jersey, the printers printed red.
“These are not our colours and you can see that this is red not orange,” said Madeira.
On a lighter note, Madeira joked that the jersey was meant for Nyasa Big Bullets, as the organizers thought that the Peoples Team would cruise to the finals.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :