Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has secured sponsorship for Southern Region Football Association League (SRFL) following a cloud of uncertainty over their controversial sponsorship from UK sports firm Nsejjere.
FAM General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda disclosed that discussions with the prospective sponsors he opted to safeguard their identity were at an advanced stage.
Nyirenda, who sympathized with SRFAL on their situation, is optimistic that the sponsor will redeem Malawi’s oldest league after Arkay Plastics three-year sponsorship.
“We are currently working hard to secure a sponsor for Southern Region Football Association League. The deal is almost done we are just working on final touches and very soon we will are going to announce the name of the sponsor,” Nyirenda said.
He also disclosed that the country’s soccer governing body had approved proposal from the league to provide a K4 million loan which would be used to pay prizes to teams and outstanding fees for referees.
“They requested for money to be paid to the teams as cash prizes and we asked them to write a budget and the proposal. The executive committee meeting held over the weekend agreed to give them but it will be paid back,” he said.
“We don’t have money but we will see how we can incorporate them in budget.”
He also expressed concern over the flopped sponsorship deals with Nsejjere and Countrywide Car Hire Cup which he said betrayed the league.
“If there was a way out they could have taken these issues to another level [legal action] because that is in breach of the contract,” he said.
Nsejjere were elusive to sign the contract after announcing that they have offered the league what they called a lucrative sponsorship in the history of regional leagues in Malawi.