Chipiku Stores Malawi Limited, sponsors of the Chipiku Central Region Football Association (CRFA) League on the eve of Valentine Day reaffirmed their 10-year marriage with the league by hiking the league’s sponsorship from K7.5 to K9 million.
The good news was unveiled by Chipiku Stores’ operations manager Shieke Ahmed as the company honoured winners of the 2016/17 Chipiku League season at a colourful ceremony held at the National Police Headquarters Officers’ Mess in Lilongwe.
Ahmed said although the country’s economy was going through turbulent waters, Chipiku felt duty bound to continue supporting the development of football in the country through sponsorship of the country’s biggest league.
“Our business has not been spared by the economic problems that the country is currently facing but as a Malawian company, we feel duty bound to help government in developing sports. From next season, the league’s sponsorship will be at K9 million,” said Ahmed, drawing applause from the audience.
Sports and Culture Minister Grace ‘Obama’ Chiumia expressed relief with the announcement by Chipiku Stores: “With the pulling out of Standard Bank, I was afraid that we may be in for another shocking news but I am relieved by the announcement that Chipiku will continue sponsoring the league and has raised the sponsorship amount to K9 milion.
“Sponsoring a league for 10 years is not a joke and government does not take this gesture from Chipiku for granted,” said Chiumia.
Fam vice president James Mwenda and a representative of the league’s leadership Benard Chiwiriwiri Harawa were all thanks to Chipiku for the gesture.
The Fam veep urged soccer lovers in the region to continue buying from Chipiku Stores: “We can show our appreciation to Chipiku by buying from their stores, which are spread all over including the rural areas. The more we buy from Chipiku, the more the sponsorship.”
Mwenda also saluted the CRFA executive led by Austin Ajawa for managing the 61-team league professionaly.
During the ceremony, Premier Division champions Dwangwa United- who earned promotion into the Super League were presented with a trophy and a K1.3 million cheque.
Runners-up Support Battalion got K650,000 with third-placed Msundwe United walking home K250,000 richer.
Kasungu Medicals and Namitete Young Rangers received K170,000 and K140,000 for finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
Division One champions Kamuzu Barracks Youth received a trophy and K400,000, runners-up Mbavi United K200,000 and third-placed Balang’ombe Young Bombers K160,000. Ocasor FC and Mitundu FC got K100,000 and K90,000 for the fourth and fifth places respectively.
Engineers Battalion of Kasungu, winners of Division Two got a trophy and 300,000 with their runners-up Food FC pocketing K150,000. Lilongwe Airbase, Ngolowindo and Chisomo IDEAS shared K120,000, K60,000 and K50,000 respectively.
Dwangwa, Mbavi and Engineers Battalion were also honoured with cash prizes for emerging the most disciplined teams in their respective divisions.
Dwangwa United’s Kingsley Kapalamula receiced K40,000 as best player of the season for the Premier Division with Mbavi’s Jimmy Chipokosa and Alinafe Makawa of Food FC pocketing K25,000 and K20,000 as best players for Divisions One and Two respectively.
The award of top goal scorer in Premier Division went to Clement Trota of Msundwe with 40 goals, who received K40,000. Francisco Kamzeka of KB Youth pocketed K20,000 as Division One top goal scorer with 40 goals to his credit while Division Two top scorer Mike Mwafuli (50 goals) of Food FC got K10,000.
The sponsors also presented awards to sports journalists who provided best coverage of the league.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :