The TNM Super League is over with Nyasa Big Bullets retaining the title, but no team in the 15-member top flight league has recorded the 300,000 SMS hits mark to pocket the K1.5 million bonus the country’s premier mobile service provider, TNM dangled in Sapota Mapeto Promotion.
The promotion, which kicked off in June this year to offer football fans with an opportunity to support their teams financially, will end onDecember 31 2015.
However, Bullets FC are on course to become the first to hit 300,000 mark having accumulated 228,614 SMS hits in the last five months.
The People’s Team has been dominating since the promotion was re-launched in June this year.
Mighty Be Forward Wanderers are second with 119,502 SMSs while Lilongwe giants Silver Strikers and relegated side Dedza Young Soccer are third and fourth having accumulated 21,543 and 2,137 SMSs, respectively.
According to statistics released during the fifth draw (on November 24), Red Lions have recorded the lowest hits-288; Epac FC 357; Mafco 363; Azam Tigers 461; FISD Wizards 469; Mzuni FC 577; Airborne Rangers 846; Civo FC 1,153; Blue Eagles 524; Moyale 1,544; and Kamuzu Barracks 589 SMS hits.
The promotion has accumulatively raised K13,263,845 with Bullets FC pocketing over K8.5 million from the generated revenue.
The sponsors have so far splashed out K1 million in monthly prizes to five lucky winners in the last five months.
Other prizes for football fans include Flames replica jerseys, Y221 cellphone and 5000 and 2500 TNM rechage vouchers.
The last (sixth) draw is expected on December 31 with Bullets just needing 72000 SMSs to hit the jackpot.
Both Bullets FC and Wanderers have since encouraged their followers to make use of the remaining days by sending more SMSs to generate more revenue for their teams.
Bullets FC General Secretary Kelvin Moyo said should they win the Sapota Mapeto bonus, the money will be given to their players as a “thank you for defending the title”.
“As team, we have been asking our supporters to send as many SMSs as possible to generate more revenue and we hope will pocket the K1.5 million.
“Our players have done extremely well and need to be rewarded for the commitment and hard work. And this is the ideal time for Bullets supporters to send more SMSs in the promotion so that the K1.5 million should be the bonus for the players. The money will be given to the players,” said Moyo.
Moyo also hailed TNM for rolling out the initiative, saying it was a “timely intervention”.
“We have highly benefited from the promotion and we have been able to run the affairs of the clubs because of the revenue generated from the promotion,” said Moyo.
While Wanderers Team Manager Chiyembekezo Zidana observed that their supporters did not highly participate in the promotion because of their team’s poor run in the just ended season.
According to him, Bullets FC’s dominance in the promotion was necessitated and fueled by their good run in the season.
“I have to acknowledge, Bullets have done well in the promotion. Their fans were motivated by their good form. I believe if Wanderers also had a good performance the entire season, our supporters could have done well.
“But all in all, we appreciate their (Wanderers supporters) support rendered through the promotion. Their support will always be needed as we also assure them of good performance next season,” said Zidana.
He also said with the initiative, they were also able to fulfill their fixtures, mainly away games.
“I vividly remember at one point we had to rush to TNM to have our share to carter for our trip to central region. We were also able to foot some bills with great ease.
“I therefore ask our supporters not to relent, but should rather send more SMSs to generate more revenue that will be useful during the off season,” said Zidana.
To register and start participating in trivia SMSs, football fans had to send a code of their team to 1515 and the money from the SMS proceeds have been given to their clubs.
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