Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has said all is set to launch the 2015 TNM Super League at the Civo Stadium between Silver Strikers and Bullets FC on Saturday.
Malawi mobile phone company TNM has upped its sponsorship package from $151 162 (MK65 million) to $209 302 (MK 90 million)
The revision will see second-placed team pocketing $16 279 (K7 million); up from $ 10 465 (MK4.5 million).
As such, TNM has decided to coin this year’s Super League theme as ‘Our Players, Our Heroes, Our Pride’ in order to drive home the message that our players deserve nothing but the best.
TNM Chief Commercial Officer Daniel Makata said the sponsorship for this year’s Super League has been adjusted upwards in line with the company’s theme of uplifting competitiveness of the game and the welfare of the players.
“TNM is the number one fan of football in this country and we realise the importance of the player to the game. This is why this year we are focusing on ensuring that Super League players are given the best the league can offer.
“We want to be in line with how other leagues across the globe treat their players. We may not match their spend on players, but we can still do more for our players,” said Makata.
He said in line with this theme, the player was the main reason why TNM decided to increase the sponsorship value from K65 million to K90 million.
“You will note that team and individual awards have increased significantly.”
“This is meant to build the spirit of motivating the player who is the hero of our beautiful game,” said Makata.
In addition, in the course of the season, TNM will also engage in various activities that will build on this theme of motivating the player.
To mark the launch of the league, the country’s top mobile phone company has lined up a number of activities aimed at creating fun and entertainment. Among the activities, there will be music performances by Skeffa Chimoto, ‘the Jaming Machine’ and Simon and Kendall of the Nyemba Nyemba fame, games and competitions outside the Civo Stadium from 10am, according to Makata.
Defending champions Big Bullets host Silver Strikers in the opener for the season to end this December.
Silver enter the pitch much improved in depth having signed from Ghana’s D’International striker Samuel Siaw at $3 500.
Other arrivals at Silver are Victor Limbani and Tizgobele Kumwenda who have signed from Bullets both at $ 6 511 (MK 2.8 million) and Timothy Chitedze from Mighty Be Forward Wanderers at $ 4651 (MK 2 million).
Meanwhile, TNM has announced that this year’s Sapota Mapeto promotion will run for a full season unlike the past two years when it was launched midway through the league calendar.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :