It does not get sweeter than this, as Football Association of Malawi and the Flames can now breathe a sigh of relief following a whooping MK10 million donation from Airtel Malawi on Wednesday at Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre.
The donation will go towards to uplift the Flames preparation and participation in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers matches against Mali and Ethiopia.
This good news comes barely a few days after the Flames continued participation in AFCON games looked hazy following lack of financial muscle to carry out the mission.
Breaking the news in Blantyre, Airtel Malawi Managing Director Heiko Schlittke said the contribution was meant to uplift the Flames in their AFCON campaign.
“Airtel Malawi contribution to the Flames is meant to uplift their preparation and participation in the AFCON 2014. We noted with great concern that the Flames participation almost collapsed due to lack of finances,” he said.
He assured that this donation was the beginning of bigger and better things to come courtesy of Airtel to the sports world.
“We would like to grow with you and sing the national anthem together with the rest of the corporate players,” said Schlittke.
He further noted that international competitions not only exposed players but also accorded national pride to the citizenry.
“Soccer underlines national identity and today Airtel is flashing its national ID. This symbolizes the confidence and unity between the sports practitioners and the corporate players,” he said.
He also said as Airtel Malawi they are proud citizen of the country, and therefore are bound to come handy in times like these because international competitions not only expose the players and their skills, but also accords pride in being part and parcel of being citizens of this country.
He said, at Airtel, they have always believed that gone are the days when the relationship between sports practitioner and sponsor- from the government or private sector- could be regarded as one of mere subsidy and patronage.
In his remarks, FAM president Walter Nyamilandu described the donation ‘timely” at the time his Association is fundraising to find MK50 million.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :