Simama Mzuzu and District Football League (MDFL) champions Super Eagles were Saturday night officially crowned at prize giving ceremony held at Mphatso Motel where the league sponsor announced increase in sponsorship.
The sponsorship which was at K2 million has been hiked to K3million from the next season expected to kick off soon.
Speaking during the ceremony a representative of Bishop Abraham Simama, Levant Mfune, said the sponsor was impressed with the way the league was ran last season.
“The committee running the league has fulfilled all what was agreed, which include transparency and accountability as well as ensuring discipline among team players, fans and officials.
For this reason, Bishop Abraham Simama has decided to continue sponsoring the league. It is my pleasure to inform you tonight that the sponsorship has also been increased to K3 million from K2 million,” Mfune said.
Reacting to the gesture, MDFL Vice-Chairperson Lameck Khonje thanked the sponsor for the increase. He said the increased sponsorship would will motivate teams in the league.
“We are also thankful that despite the harsh economic realities in the recent past Bishop Simama did not stop sponsoring our league,” Khonje said.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) board member Alexander Waya who was guest of honour urged Super Eagles to engage an extra gear in the elite league which he said was tougher than the Simama league.
“You will have to work hard there to avoid relegation. It is our wish to have more teams from this region in the super league,” Waya said.
“We know you have what it takes to survive in the super league because you have good players,” he added.
Northern Region Football Committee (NFRC) chairperson Peter Chavula appealed to sponsors of TNM Super League to consider teams like Super Eagles some special allocations from the money they give to teams participating in the league as they will be the most travelling team.
“Super Eagles will be one of the teams that will be on the road to fulfill fixtures in central and southern region. For this, they will need more money.
“I also appeal to well-wishers within Mzuzu and elsewhere in the region to financially support the Eagles. They are our children,” he said.
Over the years, teams from northern region that get into super league end up being relegated. Some of them disband after relegation like what happened to Dukebox FC in the 2009/10 season.
The only team from the region that stood the heat of elite league was Eagle Strikers who later disbanded after their sponsor Malawi Police Service withdrew sponsorship due to economic reasons.–Malawi News AgencyFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :