FAM downplays Drug Fight Malawi on Nyasa sponsorship to Bullets

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has downplayed calls by Drug Fight Malawi for Nyasa Tobacco Manufacturing Company to move out of Big Bullets sponsorship deal.

Zakeyu (centre) addressing a news conference

Zakeyu (centre) addressing a news conference against Nyasa sponsorship

Suzgo Nyirenda : Come through FAM

Suzgo Nyirenda : Come through FAM

FAM General Secretary Suzgho Nyirenda told Nyasa Times that the organization made a mistake of rushing to the media without approaching the football body to discuss the sponsorship deal.

“They could at first approach us and find out why the tobacco manufacturing company or alcohol companies are involved in football sponsorship. In this kind of sponsorships, there are regulations as a football body we have to follow thats why FIFA gave us a go ahead,” he said.

Added Nyirenda: “For your own information, we struck the Nyasa Tobacco Manufacturing Company deal in March and started engaging FIFA the same month. We discussed until September when the world football governing body gave us a go ahead.”

He also hinted that in Malawi, there are a few companies willing to sponsor football teams and it was a mountain tall work to find the sponsorship.

Addressing a news conference in Lilongwe Drug Fight Malawi Executive Director Nelson Zakeyo said they consider the tobacco sponsorship of the Peoples Team, as Big Bullets is fondly called as a deliberate and well-orchestrated strategy of the Nyasa Tobacco Manucfacturing Company to market its products and increase tobacco consumption among children.

A recent statement from the world football governing body, but published by the World Health Organisation, stated that Fifa statutes do not give it authority to intervene in tobacco-related sponsorship.

“As much as Fifa actively discourages confederations, national associations, league, clubs and other organisers from accepting tobacco sponsorship, it cannot impose its own judgements upon them,” reads the statement.

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25 thoughts on “FAM downplays Drug Fight Malawi on Nyasa sponsorship to Bullets”

  1. Zakeyu tell your children not to smoke and fathernot to grow tobacco stupid hyna like u iwe mmesa umasutanso fodya iwe.

  2. Jack Muhura says:

    The so called zakeyu is an enemy of Malawi as a nation ukagwere uko ndi kabungwe kakoko wopanda manyazi iwe.kuti uzipeza ka jce kako makolo ako amalima fodya yemweyo .Fodya waipa lero chifukwa cha BB .Usadzaonere timu yathu ngati ufuna kutchuka ukwatire mwamuna nzako smoking is one’s behaviour don’t u know dat.

  3. jumbe solomon says:

    sanje simanga mudzi abale anthu osewa akulima chamba munowa osawalesa bwanji mumakondwa azanu akamakanda bwanji tafufuza muona ndi ma team angati amene amapanga sporser masewero osalesa bwanji anthu kulima fodya chamba eti kufuna kuchuka nthawi yolakwikwa bwanji

  4. wautsilu says:

    Guys nkhani ndi ya ant smoking campaign which is everywhere in the world I have never heard of ant beer campaign chofunika ndikuvetsetsa basi dony mix up things Zakeyo is right

  5. Anthu enan ndnu osow zochit et

  6. Harriet says:

    Mmmmm why maule Lord have mercy

  7. Mujione Mhango says:

    Zakeyu Ngati Maule Ali Nawe Ngongole Ungonene Akupase.

  8. Gadabwali says:

    From what I know, the objective of Drug Fight Malawi is to fight against DRUG and ALCOHOL abuse not only among the youths but also among the general population youths and adults inclusive. So why have they singled out sponsorship of football by a tobacco manufacturing co and left out sponsorship of football by a beer (alcohol) brewing co? Titi kapena a carlsberg akubvumbatitsani kena kake? By the way, I dont smoke neither do I take beer or alcohol! Ndikungofuna ngamo apa iyende ngati madzi, osakondera in your fight against drug and alcohol abuse. Both tobacco (drug/nicotine) and beer (alcohol) are equally bad not only on the individual’s well being (health) but also on that of society, ndinena ngati mumazitsata zinthunzi! Palibe chimene chili less evil than the other! Apa sindinakambe from the point of football sponsorship koma ngati munthu amene ma effects a mowa ndi fodya amawatsata!

  9. Gadabwali says:

    Kufatsakutu ife sikuti ndife makape iwe zakeyu wamva? Msana wa ambuya ako mutu waukuluwo. Kusukulu unapitako iwe? Tamuonani mutu ophwanyikawo. Mimba yako wamva?

  10. uwawa says:

    zakyu mmutu mwake mwadzadza mphemvu,,,,,,he z thinking as if he has been eatin ngumbi all along…..tisiyen maule tinjoye sponsorship

  11. WOZITSATA says:

    Zakeyu has a valid point here only that you dunderhead bullets supporters are ignorant about the anti smoking campaign world wide . Mind you there is no anti drinking beer campaign its ony the smoking one mwamva?

  12. bumbu nchuma says:

    ma palestina anadekhatu pakatipa nde uku mukwashosha dala akakuotchera nyumba uziti ma pale ndi oipa,, galu iwe

  13. AKIJA says:

    Zakeyu wangowoneselatu kusazindikila wakutumayo ndiwe nonse ndi anthu osazindikila

  14. Akuzuli says:

    Mr Zakeyu kapena Dr Zakeyu, I think you got a very good reason at the back of your mind koma wrongly timed. Bullets have stayed for more than 10 years without sponsors and yet your NGO existed mukudziwa kuti you lost an opportunity kuti NGO yanu ikanapita patsogolo during that period. Emagine if you had stepped in to sponsor the Peoples Team – Mukanadya 1 tu pamenepotu. Indeed we would have seen that you are serious ppo but mungodzuka when za BB zitayera – its too late papa.

    I have another suggestion you can also still come in by sponsoring another club in that way your message can be heard loud & clear when your Team is playing other teams. Tangoganizani how it can be an entertaining match ‘ NYASA BULLETS vs NGO DRUG FIGHTERS’

    Please step in to develop soccer in Malawi and if you don’t know why many ppo are smoking is because of idle time, Do something Zakeyu apatetseni ana chochita so that smoking and drinking is reduced in our beloved Malawi by sponsoring any game of your choice. ZIKOMO NDAPITA

  15. Jahsteenyaya says:

    Tzt zakeyu samaziwa zot ma company a mowa amapanga sponsor zikho zkuluzkulu…..akalese heineken kupanga sponsor uefa championz league

  16. jika says:

    .Amalawi Jealous sizatipindulira

  17. baggio says:

    zakeyu!!! tsika mu mtengo Mo!!!!

  18. chefourpence says:

    whats the connection between the sponsorship and smoking in children? Za zii! Zakeyu wants to raise his profile and get noticed by donors! Greedy calculating sonofa-bitch!

  19. phelezunje says:

    When ever the more debate is the more we know how other things are done.So lets not accuse more these pple.

  20. koma anyani amenewa bwanji simumkalesa carsbegde cup,mukulimbana ndimaulle poti ndalama zachuluka kuzolowera kuba apa ndiye mwalepheqa muwuzane zamanyi ife ayi,

  21. I don’t think there’s any connection,between soccer and cigarettes. Wosuta. Ndiwosuta basi…

  22. big fan says:

    zakeo stop carlsberg or HEINKEn in soccer sponsoring first b4 u turn to Nyasa

  23. Wilfred Khuniwa says:

    Manyazi amugwire Nelson Zakeyu…kkkkk shegu..bullets 4lyf

  24. REAL BULLETS FUN says:

    Wagwa nayo mijiga ndi anzakewo

  25. Malawi wa Lero says:

    The Drug Fight guys shud not hav a difkat campaign here. What they shud do is come up with their own sponsorship for Big Bullets. I wud suggest a K750 million one. Nobody wud make noise. Makampeni enawa mudzagulula nawo mano.

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