The K7.5 million Chipiku Central Region Football Association League season for 2015 was officially launched on Saturday, May 2 in Mchinji, where Malawi Police Service outfit Black Eagles FC earned the first points after demolishing hosts Mchinji Boma Stars 4-0.
The launch, which was spiced up a trophy parade from the trading centre to Mchinji Stadium and a social football match involving Mchinji Socials and Central Region Football Socials was graced by newly appointed Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Sam Madula.
In his keynote address, Madula thanked Chipiku Stores for committing itself to continue sponsoring the league and raising the league’s stakes from K6 million to K7.5 million.
“The responsibility of developing sports in the country does not only rest on the Ministry. Government has got so many responsibilities towards its citizens and relies on partners like Chipiku Stores to develop sports.
“Regional leagues like this one are very important because they are a feeder to the Super League. I am pleased to learn that this particular league has produced teams that have not just participated but established themselves in the Super League. I’m talking of teams like Epac, Kamuzu Barracks, Mafco and Airborne Rangers, which not long time ago were playing in this league,” said Madula.
Football Association of Malawi executive member James Mwenda and Central Region Football Association (CRFA) vice chairman Charles Kapichi joined the PS in thanking Chipiku for the continued sponsorship.
“We are now going into the seventh year of the sponsorship and the fruits of this league are there for everyone to see. With the increase in sponsorship which will also translate into an increase in prize money, we expect to tougher competition this year,” said Kapichi.
On his part, Mwenda hailed CRFA for managing the league professionally: “For Chipiku to continue sponsoring this league it means there is good management by Mr Austin Ajawa (chairman) and his team. We urge you to continue with the good work and as Fam we are always there to offer our support,” said Mwenda.
Chipiku Stores’ administration manager Brown Nkangama said the sponsors were pleased with the positive developments that were emanating from the sponsorship.
“Apart from the successes outlined by the league’s officials, we have also seen some positive developments emanating from this sponsorship. We have seen construction of a new stadium in Nambuma and another one is under construction here in Mchinji. I believe these developments have been necessitated by our sponsorship,” said Nkangama.
During the official opening match, the visiting Eagles showed no mercy to their hosts, striking twice in either half to carry the maximum points. Felix Mgala, Mighty Mhango, Ishmael Manyowa and Chipiliro Chiwaya were the goal scorers.
Coach of the side Audlo Makonyola expressed happiness with the win: “First games are always tricky because you don’t know how your opponents have prepared. Away games have also proved difficult in this league because of officiation and other factors but with the presence of the sponsors and league officials, things were okey today,” said the former Epac FC coach.
In the curtain-raising match, Mchinji Socials crashed Central Region Socials 3-1. Former PS in the Youth and Sports Ministry Justin Saidi scored the lone goal for Central Region Socials.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :