FAM downplays Drug Fight Malawi on Nyasa sponsorship to Bullets

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has downplayed calls by Drug Fight Malawi for Nyasa Tobacco Manufacturing Company to move out of Big Bullets sponsorship deal.

Zakeyu (centre) addressing a news conference
Zakeyu (centre) addressing a news conference against Nyasa sponsorship
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FAM General Secretary Suzgho Nyirenda told Nyasa Times that the organization made a mistake of rushing to the media without approaching the football body to discuss the sponsorship deal.

“They could at first approach us and find out why the tobacco manufacturing company or alcohol companies are involved in football sponsorship. In this kind of sponsorships, there are regulations as a football body we have to follow thats why FIFA gave us a go ahead,” he said.

Added Nyirenda: “For your own information, we struck the Nyasa Tobacco Manufacturing Company deal in March and started engaging FIFA the same month. We discussed until September when the world football governing body gave us a go ahead.”

He also hinted that in Malawi, there are a few companies willing to sponsor football teams and it was a mountain tall work to find the sponsorship.

Addressing a news conference in Lilongwe Drug Fight Malawi Executive Director Nelson Zakeyo said they consider the tobacco sponsorship of the Peoples Team, as Big Bullets is fondly called as a deliberate and well-orchestrated strategy of the Nyasa Tobacco Manucfacturing Company to market its products and increase tobacco consumption among children.

A recent statement from the world football governing body, but published by the World Health Organisation, stated that Fifa statutes do not give it authority to intervene in tobacco-related sponsorship.

“As much as Fifa actively discourages confederations, national associations, league, clubs and other organisers from accepting tobacco sponsorship, it cannot impose its own judgements upon them,” reads the statement.

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Ronald Chisaka
5 years ago

Zakeyu tell your children not to smoke and fathernot to grow tobacco stupid hyna like u iwe mmesa umasutanso fodya iwe.

Jack Muhura
Jack Muhura
5 years ago

The so called zakeyu is an enemy of Malawi as a nation ukagwere uko ndi kabungwe kakoko wopanda manyazi iwe.kuti uzipeza ka jce kako makolo ako amalima fodya yemweyo .Fodya waipa lero chifukwa cha BB .Usadzaonere timu yathu ngati ufuna kutchuka ukwatire mwamuna nzako smoking is one’s behaviour don’t u know dat.

jumbe solomon
jumbe solomon
5 years ago

sanje simanga mudzi abale anthu osewa akulima chamba munowa osawalesa bwanji mumakondwa azanu akamakanda bwanji tafufuza muona ndi ma team angati amene amapanga sporser masewero osalesa bwanji anthu kulima fodya chamba eti kufuna kuchuka nthawi yolakwikwa bwanji

wautsilu
wautsilu
5 years ago

Guys nkhani ndi ya ant smoking campaign which is everywhere in the world I have never heard of ant beer campaign chofunika ndikuvetsetsa basi dony mix up things Zakeyo is right

Andy Sinjaboy
5 years ago

Anthu enan ndnu osow zochit et

Harriet
5 years ago

Mmmmm why maule Lord have mercy

Mujione Mhango
Mujione Mhango
5 years ago

Zakeyu Ngati Maule Ali Nawe Ngongole Ungonene Akupase.

Gadabwali
Gadabwali
5 years ago

From what I know, the objective of Drug Fight Malawi is to fight against DRUG and ALCOHOL abuse not only among the youths but also among the general population youths and adults inclusive. So why have they singled out sponsorship of football by a tobacco manufacturing co and left out sponsorship of football by a beer (alcohol) brewing co? Titi kapena a carlsberg akubvumbatitsani kena kake? By the way, I dont smoke neither do I take beer or alcohol! Ndikungofuna ngamo apa iyende ngati madzi, osakondera in your fight against drug and alcohol abuse. Both tobacco (drug/nicotine) and beer (alcohol)… Read more »

Gadabwali
Gadabwali
5 years ago

Kufatsakutu ife sikuti ndife makape iwe zakeyu wamva? Msana wa ambuya ako mutu waukuluwo. Kusukulu unapitako iwe? Tamuonani mutu ophwanyikawo. Mimba yako wamva?

uwawa
uwawa
5 years ago

zakyu mmutu mwake mwadzadza mphemvu,,,,,,he z thinking as if he has been eatin ngumbi all along…..tisiyen maule tinjoye sponsorship

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