Chipiku raises league stakes to K6m: Malawi football

Chipiku Stores Limited, sponsors of the Chipiku Central Region Football League (CRFL) have announced an increase in the league’s sponsorship amount from K5 million to K6 million.

The announcement was made Saturday night (May 25, 2013) by the company’s operations manager Rajesh Salian as the company presented a trophy and K1 million cheque to 2012/13 champions Mponela United at a well organized ceremony held at Cresta Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe.

Salian said Chipiku was delighted with the way the league was run as well as the support from soccer lovers- hence the decision to raise the stakes from K5 million to K6 million.

Football Association of Malaiw (FAM) executive member James Mwenda and league chairman Dini Jossiah
Banda were all thanks to Chipiku for the gesture.

Dean Josiah Banda commended for good running of the league
Dean Josiah Banda commended for good running of the league

“Chipiku has been sponsoring this league for the past eight years and did not abandon us when several companies were shunning away from sponsoring football due to economic hardships. We do not take this gesture for granted and we are very thankful to the company for increasing the sponsorship,” said Mwenda.

Mwenda also congratulated the CRFL executive led by Jossiah for running the league professionally.

“Previously, we were hearing about disagreements over points in the league but this season, there were no
squabbles. It’s not easy to manage a league of 60 teams without any squabbles and I wish to thank the league’s management headed by Mr Jossiah for a job well done,” said Mwenda.

During the ceremony, premier division champions Mponela United were presented with a trophy, K1 million and medals while runners-up Maicc FC pocketing K560,000. Third-placed Support Battalion got K250,000 with Nambuma United and Mchinji Boma Stars receiving K200,000 and K180,000 respectively for fourth and fifth places respectively.

Division one champions Namitete Young Rangers received K350,000, runners-up Hard Knockers K180,000, third-placed Dedza Strikers K150,000, fourth-placed Kasungu Medicals K120,000 and fifth-placed Dedza Young Soccer Saints K100,000.

Hungry Lions, who were top in division two walked home K250,000 richer and their runners-up St Kaduya K140,000 richer. Balang’ombe, Area 12 Stars and Nathenje Stars got K90,000, K85,000 and K65,000 for finishing in the top five.

The sponsors also presented K30,000 to each of the following five sports journalists for outstanding media coverage- Mike Bango (Zodiac), Dickson Chivwati (Galaxy), Patrick Simango (MBC), Precious Msosa (Free lance) and Frank Kalilombe (Nation).

Samuel Banda of Support Battalion received K25,000 as top goal scorer for the premier division with division one and two golden boot awardees Leonard Mgomezulu and Tinkhani Nyirenda pocketing K20,000 each.

Malumbo Phiri of Mponela United received K25,000 as the best player in the premier division with his division one and two counterparts Sherry Banda and Anxious Soko walking away with K20,000 each.

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