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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :