Business came to a halt at Dwangwa trading centre in the lakeshore district of Nkhotakota on Saturday, 12 September 2015 as TNM, sponsors of the K90 million TNM Super League in conjunction with the league’s administrators, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) officially launched the league’s second round.
The launch started with a parade of the newly acquired trophy that has replaced the old one from the busy trading centre all the way to Matiki, where Chitowe Stadium is located.
There were also other activities at the stadium including a live band performance by Soldier Lucious Banda and acrobatic displays by Malawi Defence Force soldiers.
To crown it all, Mafco FC, the Soccer Instructors from Salima took to the turf against defending league champions and league leaders Big Bullets in the official opening fixture for the second round.
Speaking in an interview during the launch, TNM’s head of marketing Webster Mbekeyani saluted Nkhotakota fans for patronising both the launch and the second-round opening match en-mass. He said the sponsors were looking forward to another exciting and violent-free second round, urging both teams and fans to maintain discipline.
“We are happy that the first round ended well though there was one unfortunate incident, which led to the loss of an innocent soul. We expect the teams and fans to maintain discipline so that hooliganism is completely eradicated in football,” said Mbekeyani.
Shedding more light on the theme for the re-launch, the TNM head of marketing theme still focused on enhancing competition as well as players’ welfare.
“We are re-launching under the same theme; Our Players, Our Heroes, Our Pride. This is meant to motivate the player, who is the hero of our beautiful game. In line with this theme, the player is the main reason why TNM decided to increase the sponsorship value from K65 million to K90 million. With the increase, both team and individual awards have increased significantly,” he said.
Sulom president Innocent Goodwell Bottoman saluted the sponsors for hyping the second round with a colourful re-launch.
“The sponsors have set the pace and as the league’s administrators, we are going to ensure that the second round goes on smoothly. Anybody who attempts to bring the game into disrepute will be dealt with accordingly and there will be no any sacred cows,” said Bottoman.