Football Association of Malawi President Walter Nyamilandu has commended Master Security Services for taking initiatives to support the development of football in the country.
Nyamilandu applauded Master Security Services youthful Managing Director Alfred Gangata for taking a bold move to bail out Malawi’s second tier league, Southern Region Football Association League, which is touted as the bedrock of Malawi football, with a K10.5 million annual sponsorship for three years.
He was speaking during the prize presentation of Southern Region Football Association League prizes for champions, and individual awards for the inaugural season.
“I am very happy today to see Master Security Services fulfilling its promises. I thank you for offering the K10.5 million sponsorship for the league and yet you are based in the Central Region,” Nyamilandu said.
“FAM would consider this that you have a big dream in the development of football in the country because you are also sponsoring a Master Security Football Club which has been promoted to the Super League.”
Chief Sports Director in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Joseph Mwandidya said local companies needed to be supported for them to sustain such initiatives.
Southern Region Football Association League chairman Raphael Humba said the sponsorship had made the league competitive as the champions Blantyre United were made to fight their way back to the top league.
He also cited Mangochi Police which reached the semifinals of the Carlsberg Cup, Prison United reached the quarterfinals of the Fisd Cup just as Nsanama as indicators of the development of the standards of the league.
In the Premier Division, champions Blantyre United received K2 million, runners Mitra Icons got K750,000, former Super League sensational team Zomba United got K500,000 on third, Mitra Icons’ Misheck Bottoman got K50,000 for winning the Golden Boot Award with a staggering 44 goals.
In the Division One, Nanzikambe pocketed K750,000, for being the champions with Jali Rangers getting K500,000 as runners-up, Nsanama getting K350,000 while Dave Banda of Nsanama also pocketed K50,000 for being the Golden Boot Winner with 42 goals.
In the media awards Joy Khakona, Nation newspaper correspondent, won the best print journalist, Sam Banda of Blantyre Synod won the best radio journalist award while Richard Tiyesi who works for Timveni Radio won the best online journalist.
Lucius Banda and Zembani Band offered light moments at the awards with a grand performance supported by Nepman.