Over 32 teams have so far registered for the K750,000 Lefnos Chigamula Central Region Pool League (CRPL), which set to kick-of on Sunday, May 15, 2016.
The league, according to CRPL general secretary Lameck Munthali was originally set to start this Saturday, May 14, 2016 but the date was shifted to May 15 to pave way for Malawi Pool Association (Mapa) Singles’ finals scheduled for Lilongwe.
“The Singles were supposed to take place in Karonga on May 14 but we have been told by our mother body that they have been moved to Lilongwe. That is why we have changed the kick-off date of the Lefnos Chigamula League from Saturday toSunday,” said Munthali.
Munthali said they are expecting to register more teams before the kick-off date following the successful launch of the league, which took place at Civil Service Sporting Club last Saturday.
Lilongwe based businessman Lefnos Chigamula is bankrolling the regional league to the tune of K750,000.
The sponsor said during the official launch that the K750,000 was just the starting point, pledging to increase the stakes during the next league season.
“My plan is to sponsor the league on an annual basis and as long as we are on the same page with the organisers, I am going to increase the sponsorship to K1 million next year and go beyond that amount in the subsequent years,” said Chigamula in an interview with Nyasa Times after the official launch.
Chigamula said he decided to sponsor the regional league after observing the sport was dying due to lack of sponsorship.
Sports and Culture Minister Grace ‘Obama’ Chiumia, who presided over the launch hailed Chigamula for coming to the league’s rescue.
“The gesture by Mr Chigamula needs to be appreciated by both government and all the stakeholders. I’m told the Central Region Pool League has gone for 10 years without sponsorship and for an individual to come forward with such a sponsorship is something we all need to appreciate,” said Chiumia, who urged the league’s administrators to be transparent and accountable in handling the finances.